Tao Te Ching 36

If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtle perception of the way things are. The soft…

a cats love

猫の戀やむとき閨の朧月 neko no koi yamu toki neya no oborozuki The cats’ love Has ceased now in my bedroom Shines the misty moon. -Matsuo Basho    

かもめ食堂 Kamome Shokudō

Kamome Shokudō  is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, It’s based on a novel by Yōko Mure. The film is set in the Finnish capital Helsinki, and follows a Japanese woman who sets up a diner serving Japanese food in the city, and the friends she makes in the…

Tao Te Ching 35

She who is centred in the Tao can go where she wishes, without danger. She perceives the universal harmony, even amid great pain, because she has found peace in her heart. Music or the smell of good cooking may make people stop and enjoy. But words that point to the Tao seem monotonous and without…

29th station : 浜松 Hamamatsu

During the Tenpō era (1830-1844), Hamamatsu-juku was located in Hamamatsu Castle’s castle town. At the time, there were six honjin and 94 hatago for travelers to use, making it the largest post station in Tōtōmi and Suruga provinces. At the time, it was located on the right bank of the Tenryū River, but, over time,…

a new year

春立や新年ふるき米五升 haru tatsu ya shinnen furuki kome go shô Here comes spring! A new year, with old Rice-just enough! -Matsuo Basho   Art by Hiroshige

Tao Te Ching 34

The great Tao flows everywhere. All things are born from it, yet it doesn’t create them. It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn’t hold on to them. Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble….

the back gate

裏門の寺に逢着す蓬かな ura mon no tera ni hochakusu yomogi kana At the back gate of The temple, I arrive to find A growth of mugwort. -Yosa Buson   Art by Asada Benji

Nankai no tsuki

Moon of the Southern Sea Kwanyin, the Bodhisattva of mercy and compassion, is known as Kannon in Japan, and as Avalokitesvara in India. Here she is seated in meditation on the island of Potalaka, off the south coast of India.

Tao Te Ching 33

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realise that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the centre and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.