serendippity doo dah

Long-range plans are not my forté. Sometimes,they are neccesary, but in general, I prefer to make it up as I go along, follow my instincts, and see what might appear.  Sometimes this results in a clash with my scientific husband who is a more linear thinker.  He has called my seemingly random excursions, "aimless wandering."  … Continue reading serendippity doo dah

Knowing Love

Today, visiting my umpteenth Kyoto temple ( this time, Shoren-in )I thought how each time I reconnect with the places, things and people I love here, it's like meeting an old friend after a long absence.  You can't explain its satisfaction and happiness, but you sure know it and feel it. The delicate maple leaves … Continue reading Knowing Love

BTA (Before the Age of Trump)

Just about two years ago in 2016 BTA (Before the age of Trump), we found ourselves in Kyoto on Election Day. Anxious about the outcome of the election and not quite knowing what to do with ourselves, we headed for a museum for some much needed distraction, while waiting out news of the returns. While … Continue reading BTA (Before the Age of Trump)

A Foreign Eye on Kyoto’s Jidai Matsuri

Who doesn't love a parade? Kyoto has three important matsuri during the year. JIdai matsuri is one of them.  I've seen the other two, one in spring and one in the suffocating hot summer.   I had not heard of the Jidai matsuri until a few days ago when a Japanese friend of mine confided … Continue reading A Foreign Eye on Kyoto’s Jidai Matsuri

Things My Mother Taught Me

It's impossible to overstate the role that ceramics plays in daily life in Japan. It's equally impossible to deny my obsession with it. Another impossibility is to give a comprehensive overview  of the role ceramics plays in Japanese history and culture. There are books and experts on this subject.  I consider my self an admirer. … Continue reading Things My Mother Taught Me