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Another Masked Hero has Fallen

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Fallen Masked Hero

It has happened again.  A lone masked fighter for the underdogs has fallen by the wayside.  He once stood for justice, now he only hopes to be found once again.

He championed for those that has no where else to turn.  For the motherless children, for the those that have fallen through the cracks of society, he was there for them.

Who will be there for him now that he has been forgotten?  Who will be there to say his eulogy as he is buried in his grave. 

He was a hero.  He will forever be a hero to me.  Let us not forget the mortality of our heroes.  We shouldn’t forget their humanness. Raise your glasses high and say a toast to the fallen masked hero of Kasai.

 

Flowering Among the Dust of Shin Urayasu

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

My allergies have been playing hell with me these days.  I am usually not susceptible to the annual abundance of cedar and cypress pollen in the air, but this year it has really gotten to me.  In addition to all the pollen that is flying around, the town of Shin Urayasu that was hard hit by the liquefaction is covered with extremely fine dust that is everywhere.  The dust reminds me of what the astronauts experienced on the moon.  I have taken to wearing a surgical mask to protect myself from the dust and pollen that is everywhere I go.

On my way back to Shin Urayasu today, I paused in front of a blooming Camelia tree that was blowing in the wind.  The beautiful crimson flowers just blurred in my eyes as I stood there staring at the.

Even among the dust and dirt of all that my neighbors from across the river have suffered there are signs of normalcy.  From what I have been hearing most of the water, and most of the sewage in Shin Urayasu has been reconnected.  Many of the pathways and sidewalks have been at least temporarily fixed with a fresh layer of asphalt.

There is still much to do, but we must acknowledge that a lot has been done.  The flowers are a constant reminder to myself that there is change too blowing with the pollen and the dust.

Shin Urayasu Camelia Flower

Ready to Burst

Obama, Aso and Guns in Ueno

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Today is Obon Buddhist holiday.

Most people are off and either taking it easy, or

returning to see their family.

I hadn’t ventured into Tokyo for a few days due to other plans, and rain, so

I in the late afternoon, walked around Ueno and Asakusa.  I needed a new pair of

rather large Zori (Japanese sandals) and there aren’t many places that carry a 30 cm, or size

12 in Tokyo.  It was hot, and I wandered around for a little bit.

Obama, Aso and Guns

Back Window, Asakusa

Ice Cold Melon on a Stick

Cheeky Nakamura

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