January 29, 2016

I took a Japanese cooking class on how to make Sukiyaki and it was delicious.  Although trying to find all the ingredients at a Japanese grocery store was challenging, I was actually able to recreate the deliciousness of this dish at home.  

 

January 27, 2016

The Daruma doll, also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man, vary greatly in color and design depending on...

January 18, 2016

Working on a drawing of wires from a photo that I took while living in Korea.  Beautiful snow day outside while I work.  

 

January 15, 2016

I got to attend the solo exhibition of Takashi Murakami, the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist best known for his Superflat artistic style.  This exhibition was held at the Mori Art Museum and was the first large-scale exhibition in Tokyo in fourteen years by t...

January 4, 2016

I got to experience the Tokyo Bay Aqualine Tunnel and it is mind-blowing.  The Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway, also known as the Tokyo Bay Aqualine, is a 15.1 km marine crossing through the middle of Tokyo Bay connecting Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture with Kisarazu City...

January 4, 2016

This is the first stop and also where the The Hyakushaku Kannon is located as one makes their hiking journey to see the 1500 Arhats and then the impressive Daibutsu.  Nokogiriyama means "saw-tooth mountain" and its name pertains to its jagged, zigzag profile. This come...

January 4, 2016

After passing the long path of the 1500 Arhats (but really only a little over 500), I finally arrived at the impressive Daibutsu.  In a peaceful clearing sits the stately Daibutsu, who appears meditative on his pedestal within a tranquil atmosphere.  At 31m he’s the la...

January 4, 2016

 

This is a long path containing 1500 Arhats.  This long path winds left and right and up and down past shelves, caves and alcoves in the rock, some naturally formed, some man-made, and each clustered with carved statues of Buddhist devotees and deities.  Sadly, there a...

January 4, 2016

I got to go hiking at Nokogiriyama- "the saw-tooth mountain" in Chiba.  The period of the area’s history as a quarry (from the 14th to the 18th century) is evident from the straight lines and flat, chiseled rock faces, and from the precise angles of the alcove inhabite...

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