The other night I watched “the 11th Hour” documentary about the current state of environmental issues and focusing on global warming. I couldn’t help but watch it with the incessant searching eyes of a martial artist and noticed a particularly interesting bit 1 hour and 2 minutes into the show in the words of ecological… Continue reading Factory or Forest?
The other day I was introduced to a wonderful site which contains a list of various works of Japanese literature throughout history: “20 Essential Works of Japanese Literature.” Below is a link to the website as well as its own introduction: http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2011/20-essential-works-of-japanese-literature/ “Japan’s ancient history has imbued it with a diverse literary heritage largely ignored… Continue reading Great Resource for Japanese Literature
My performance in aikido the past couple nights could be described as far from “flowing”, “smooth”, and “effective”; which is what I am ultimately aiming at in my practice. Perhaps it was the overstimulation from the current issues in Japan, but last Thursday I walked into the dojo with my head and my body going… Continue reading Recent Stumbling on the Path
I turn on the news now and can find nothing about the current situation in Fukushima. Things have settled down. Personally, I’m not letting my guard down, but will probably not be investigating any news more than once a day unless I’m notified of anything in particular. If this is my own notifaction of a… Continue reading Gaijin’s Nuclear Report (Morning of Sunday March 20th)
(While writing this, helicopters have began flying over the reactors dropping water and making readings of the radiation levels.) Though it’s been 6 days now since the initial earthquake started the chain reaction of terrifying events here in Japan, immediate danger still seems far from resolved. Even after reading tens of articles and watching Japanese… Continue reading Gaijin’s Nuclear Update (Morning of Thursday, March 17)
Though I’m relatively far from the area affected by the earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear contamination by living here in Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan, it has been a very strange experience to be in this country during this devastating time in Japan. Here is my account of the way things have played out… Continue reading Japanese Crisis Viewed From Toyama
Holy s*%t, if you haven’t checked the news already, leave this site of flimsy abstractions and check out what’s happening in this country of Japan: major damage from earthquakes and tsunami. Here in Toyama on the Sea of Japan, we’re about as safe as can be, but on the Pacific side things are real bad.… Continue reading Tsunami Japan