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JAPAN [four]: TEMPLE GARDENS…

In this reality the sacred is close… inviting, yet.. elusive. One feels invitation… permission to taste & sample. Heaven seems to exist first in life on this earth… reality as abstract gardens. While I can claim no real knowledge about theology or religion in Japan, architecturally at least, they present themselves quite often at street level. Never so grandiose as European cathedrals, they seem to support everyday life in their presence… or to offer a deep sense of remove behind gated…

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SPEAKING OF PLATES & BOWLS…

Searching for places to eat was half the fun… sometimes hinting at what is served behind the typical curtains. After all those garden tours we were predictably hungry. I’ve made some mention that the food was remarkable, so, as would be expected we made a full cart of food porn. We enjoyed some fancy fine dining yet there were also so many noteworthy casual meals… like this one offered near the palaces… simply satisfying.

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JAPAN [two] – KYOTO…

KYOTO: The Ancient Imperial Court’s city… The second city we wanted to visit was the ancient seat of the imperial court… which moved to Tokyo a century ago, leaving Kyoto to maintain respect for deeper history… ‘Seems a map might be useful to show the three major destinations on our travel.. As I wrote in the previous post, we landed at Narita [just east of Tokyo] for the first night, then on for 3 days in that city. Now the narrative…

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JAPAN – one…

JAPAN JOURNAL..Part One: Tokyo To celebrate our twenty years “in some kind of relationship” … as Stephen likes to explain that ours did not begin with any sort of wedding… nor did “we” begin at the same time [it took longer for Stephen than for me] We know we met sometime in the month of May. So, we celebrate the entire merry month! This year we planned a holiday to Japan — in October — because we are so busy…

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MORE KANSAS CITY…

Liberty Memorial is another landmark I remember from my youth… a tower commemorating the losses of the first World War, dedicated in 1921. An important museum was added when its foundations were restored & rebuilt at the end of the century… as complex as the world change it explores, it is a rare source, done well. These forms fascinate me for their somber reflection… precisely the solemn mood…

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