Hollow words

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. A famous story: One night the great German philosopher, Professor Von Kochenbach, saw two doors in a dream, one of which led directly to love and paradise, and the other to an auditorium where a lecture was being given…


Bukatsu, or kurabu after the English “club”, are present at every grade level. It’s unavoidable if you’re a student, and participating in at least one club is either encouraged or compulsory. Various clubs exist for every conceivable interest: there are study groups for every subject, sports teams, or bunka-kei (cultural) clubs such as music and…

brambles are caught

馬の尾にいばらのかゝる枯野哉 uma no o ni ibara no kakaru kareno kana In my horse’s tail Brambles are caught In this winter field. -Yosa Buson Art by Takeuchi Seiho

四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa kimi no uso

Your Lie in April  is a 2016 Japanese youth music romance film directed by Takehiko Shinjō, written by Yukari Tatsui , starring Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki and based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. It was released in Japan by Toho on September 10, 2016. Kosei Arima is a…

cold winter wind

umi ni dete      kogarashi Kaeru     tokoro nashi out to the ocean goes the cold winter wind there is no place to return -Seishi Yamaguchi   Art by Shotei

Tao Te Ching 22

If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.   The Master ,by residing in…

withered rivers

  Breaking off each day Withered river rushes go Drifting on their way. —Ranko Art by Utagawa Hiroshige

Three Days More

Suiwo, the disciple of Hakuin, was a good teacher. During one summer seclusion period, a pupil came to him from a southern island of Japan. Suiwo gave him the problem: “Hear the sound of one hand.” The pupil remained three years but could not pass this test. One night he came in tears to Suiwo….

fades into the Sea

Oh, how quietly And how still the heavy snow Fades into the sea! —Sazanami   Art by Tsuchiya Koitsu