フグ Fugu

Fugu (河豚; 鰒; フグ) is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it, normally species of genus Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides, or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon. In Korean, it is called bogeo (복어) or bok (복). Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; therefore, it must be carefully prepared…

Hawk’s eyes

鷹の目も 今や暮れぬと 鳴く鶉 Taka no me mo     Imaya kurenu to      Naku uzura   The eyes of hawks Would be in the dark, The quai crys. -Matsuo Basho   Art by Hokusai    

Tao Te Ching 6

6. The Tao is called the Great Mother empty yet inexhaustible it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you You can use it any way you want. Lao Tzu   Shodo, Out of body Travel  

autumn rain

傘さして  母やおくれて  秋の雨 Kasa sashite     Haha ya okurete     Aki no ame   Holding the umbrella, The mother is behind. The autumn rain. -Nakamura Teijo

No Loving-Kindness

There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time. To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich…

the night deer

ぴいと啼く 尻声悲し 夜の鹿 Pii to naku    Shirigoe kanashi    Yoru no Shika   The cry of “Pii”. The last of the voice is so sad. The night deer. -Matsuo Basho   Art by Ohara Koson “Two deer, pine and moon”

Geiko and Maiko

A maiko (舞妓) is an apprentice geiko (not exactly same as geisha) in Kyoto, western Japan. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen or the koto for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geiko after learning how to dance the traditional kyomai dances, play…

a few pieces …

線香や ますほのすすき 二三本 Senko ya    Masuho no susuki     Ni-san bon   The incense sticks. The reddish soil color pampas grasses A few pieces. -Yosa Buson   Art by Matsumura Keibun “Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyō”  .

Nanzen-Ji Temple Garden, Kyoto

Resting in the shade of the Eastern Mountains, Nanzen-ji provides a pleasing contrast to the austere gardens typical of Rinzai-sect Zen temples. Four of the twelve subtemples are open to the public, as are some lovely stroll gardens. Once the villa of Emperor Kameyama (1249–1305), the grounds were converted into a temple after his abdication…