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When I first married my wife in 2004, we visited Japan in 2005 to my wife’s home (実家, jikka) and I remember my father-in-law giving me a really old book. He knew that I liked history and such, so he … Continue reading
“What were your names again?” said Dallas. “Private Kim, sir,” said the first man, standing stiff with a crisp salute. “And I’m Private Walid,” said the second doing the same. Dallas stopped, and turned around to appraise them for a … Continue reading
Recently, I found this great quote from the famous 13th century Japanese-Buddhist text, Essays in Idleness, or tsurezure-gusa (徒然草) which I’ve written about before. It’s also the namesake of this blog of course. Anyhow, the translation below is by Donald … Continue reading
Hello, Recently, after a visit to the doctor, I stopped by the local University of Washington (transferring buses) and stopped off at my favorite used-bookstore: Magus Books. I stop there about once every 1-2 years to look for rare and … Continue reading
Recently I finished reading the famous pirate novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was able to read for free on my iPhone because it is a very old classic.1 I felt this quote explained greed very well: “And … Continue reading
From Roger Zelazny’s science-fiction novel Lord of Light: The moral, therefore, of my sermon on this small mount is this—even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see. Ignorance and denial are very powerful, … Continue reading
Hi all, For Halloween, I’ve been reading the original novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. I found a few good quotations by the character Dr. Van Helsing that I wanted to share: “All men are mad in some way … Continue reading
Recently saw some depressing articles from the US, Greece, Japan, France and Russia. It’s interesting how every country has some kind of people like this. It reminds me of this quote from Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel God Emperor of Dune: … Continue reading
Hi Everyone, Autumn is my favorite season, and I really enjoy October and November. October has Halloween, and my birthday is early November, and late November is Thanksgiving. Plus I enjoy a lot of good Autumn poetry in the Japanese … Continue reading