Between Heaven and Earth

After recovering from three somewhat harrowing days driving a rental car on the road in Japan, we learned , despite the high points of the trip, not to do it again.  I also relearned that there is a very small margin of error between life and death on a snake like one lane curving  road … Continue reading Between Heaven and Earth

Aging Gracefully Off the Beaten Path

Since I learned to drive, I've always had the urge to explore places off the beaten path.  I love to follow an unknown road deep into the countryside.  The same impulse still resides in me today.  Yesterday, it took me and my husband on a wonderful detour just on the city's edge. Following a recommendation … Continue reading Aging Gracefully Off the Beaten Path

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

Thirteen Reasons I’ll be Returning

« | Main | » 05/08/2013 Note:  If this blog looks familiar, it's because I originally wrote it more than three years ago. It still holds true.  Parentheses added for additional thoughts now.  The order of these reasons has no significance! 13 reasons I'll be going back! 1. CIVILITY.  Everyone is NICE !  Customers are always cordially welcomed and … Continue reading Thirteen Reasons I’ll be Returning

The Cat and the Mouse

I knew we were in for a visual fest when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a garden at the Daitoku-ji that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn.  I didn't know that the visit would prompt a spontaneous game of cat … Continue reading The Cat and the Mouse