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Hifana in the Sports Hochi Newspaper from May 1, 2008

Monday, December 12th, 2011

In Japan there is a tradition of pre New Years house cleaning, so I was going through my closets today and tossing out a year worth of collected nonsense when I came across this newspaper from May 1, 2008.  It was an photograph I had taken of the super fresh Hip Hop beat making duo of Hifana.  I had met Hifana a few weeks when doing a photo shoot and an interview for the French Blackpool Magazine prior to their dope set at the Apple Store in Shibuya.  Hifana rocked a super set, and I snapped up a bunch of pictures of Juicy and Keizo Machine.  A few weeks later Yuya, their manager, sent me the newspaper which my photograph had been published in.

Hifana puts together a great show.  They have toured the world and provide live beats across the globe.  Check them out.

Hifana Sports Hochi May 1, 2008

check Hifana mixing it up live

an Okinawian flavored track

Pomegranates and Spiked Headed Pinkness

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

The weather continues to be changeable.  I never quite know what to expect from day to day.  The skies in Japan are so clear this time of year that I can often see all the way to Mt. Fuji.  Sometimes it is just a lofty silhouette in the setting sun.  It is a reminder that I am in the land of the rising sun, and not anywhere else on this planet.

Strolling back to the station in the afternoon sun I came across a pomegranate tree with its fruit so ripe that the pomegranates were bursting open and spilling their juicy arils on to the ground.  These succulent red hues were filled with the potential to bring forth another life.  They all have the chance, under the right conditions, to grow into a lovely mature tree.  As I looked up at the fruit still hanging from its branches I wondered what will happen to them.  Will the owner come out and harvest them to feed his family and others?  Or, will they just be left to rot on the branch?  What about the seeds that fell onto the asphalt?  Surely, they won’t be able to sprout into a new tree.  Will the local wildlife in this quite suburb on the outskirts of metropolitan Tokyo come along for a juicy snack.

I find myself thinking about these issues these days and how they relate to my life.  How I try, and many people I know, go out into the world trying to spread goodness.  How much of that goodness will find the fertile soil to be able to grow into a fully formed accomplishment.  Will our labors of love be able to bring forward fruit from the tiny seeds that they came from.  It always feels good to know that the seeds one has planted gathers the water and nutrients to return with fruit.

Just some issues, topics that are wandering around in my lucidly communicating mind.

Pomegranate Arils Bursting

Urban Ledge Cluster Flower

Spreading Pomegranate Seed

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