Category Archives: Family

Children Over Parents: some Buddhist parenting advice

Hello, Since this is the Fall Ohigan week here on the blog, I wanted to do another Buddhist post. This one is about my little boy, whom I call “Little Guy”. He is now 11 months old, and likes to … Continue reading

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Omatsuri in Japan

Summer in Japan is pretty interesting. On the one hand, you have to face heat, humidity, mosquitos, typhoons (more on that in another post) and such. On the other hand, you have lots of neighborhood summer festivals called omatsuri (お祭り). … Continue reading

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Every year, when we visit Japan, we often pay respect to my wife’s deceased relatives and ancestors. This is a common practice in Japan called ohakamairi (お墓参り) where ohaka just means a grave, while mairu is the humble version of … Continue reading

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Buddhist Shrines, American Style

Lately, while visiting the Rissho Kosei Kai temple here in Seattle, I’ve been getting some good sources of inspiration for my Buddhist shrine at home. As mentioned before, the services at that temple are usually divided between English service, and … Continue reading

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Was It Worth It?

Recently, I was shocked to read the story of the death of a high-level executive at Google named Forrest Hayes because of a drug-overdose given by a prostitute. Read the article if you don’t know the story already. It’s kind … Continue reading

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You Can’t Please Everybody

Hello, I am writing a shorter post this time, the 3rd and final post about the Harlem Hellfighters will come soon (not quite done yet), but I wanted to share an interesting story that happened earlier this week. Last year, … Continue reading

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Children’s Day 2014, Little Guy’s First

Hello, May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan, or kodomo no hi (子供の日). Originally, it was a holiday for boys (still is somewhat), but nowadays kids in general enjoy Children’s Day. Many kids like to hang koinobori (wind streamers shaped … Continue reading

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