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Little Yellow, Fujisan’s Smallest Cousin

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Little Yellow, Fujisan's Smallest Cousin

Let me introduce you to Fujisan’s (富士山) little cousin, the tinniest of yellow ground flowers.  I was sitting down by the bay sipping a cup of coffee and gazing off at the far distance at Mt. Fuji.  It always feels like a special treat to lay my eyes on Mt. Fuji, because it only happens when the atmospheric conditions are perfect. These perfect days most frequently occur in the autumn and winter in the Kanto Plain.

I was on a small grassy slope feeling the suns warmth on my cheeks and just looking at the far horizon.  There stood Mt. Fuji snow capped with a small topping of clouds that were beginning to push over Fujisan’s brow.  That is the moment when I noticed them.  Scattered in the weedy grass was a patch of the tinniest yellow flowers.  Each one couldn’t be bigger than one centimeter (1/4 inch) in diameter.

I have decided to name them Little Yellow, Fujisan’s Smallest Cousins.  It just fits them.  They are as gorgeous and beautiful as majestic Mt. Fuji, yet their scales couldn’t be farther from each other.  I have forever linked them together in my heart, and in my lens.

 

I’m Dreaming of a Pink Friday

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Do Not Cry, It is Must

This Friday was gorgeous.  It all and all  a perfect spring day.  The sun shone so high in the sky that I had to roll up my long sleeves as I took an afternoon stroll.  The dust and pollen filled my nostrils with every breath, but it didn’t matter.  The day soothed my tired body.

Tokyo is on the other side of the cherry blossom peak.  That is when the trees have reached  past their full bloom and now are beginning to shed their pink petals like a snow flurries.  The petals flutter down from the canopies above and dust the ground in their pinkness.  It is a really magical time of year.  A time that seems like it is snowing yet the weather is warm, and the flakes are neither moist or cold.

Wandering through a small neighborhood park I came across some mothers and their children enjoying the last days of the cherry blossoms.  To be so thankful that the winter is over and that we all know the blazing heat of summer is not that far behind.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

Let us pause.  Take a moment to enjoy the sensation of the ever drifting pink petals.  Fluttering in the wind and landing around our feet.  We will have time enough to attempt to keep cool in the long humid days of summer.

Pink Rabbit under Cherry Blossom Trees

Even the Little Ones are Trying to Keep Warm

Monday, December 19th, 2011

I know I have Miami blood.  I can get used to the cold weather here, even if that weather is never that cold, but I don’t really love the weather in the winter time.  I dress fro it.  Wrap my neck in a scarf, pull gloves over my fingers, and double up on socks.  It helps, but I still feel cold.

I spotted this little one the other day as I was walking through a quiet Chiba neighborhood.  Still amazed at how many flowers are actually in bloom, considering it is just about the end of December.  Here she was rolling its tint petals in on themselves trying to keep warm just like me.  Turning its head towards the sunshine to keep all of its petals warm, just as I love it as I ride the train and the sunlight flickers as we zoom past the concrete shapes of Tokyo.

Just being myself, trying to keep warm.  Bundle up everyone.

Folding Petals, Keeping Warm

Shedding Violet Tears

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The lack of sleep is catching up with me.  The wandering back to the station seemed like a dream.  I was jut floating on snow the road, being pulled this way of that way by something that caught my eye.  I am not sure the path I took, but i do know that it was the right path for today because I came upon this tree that was shedding violet tears.

Those patches of colors fell from a small street side shrine in Ichikawa.  Violet teardrops on the cold cement side of the road.  There they were just lining up to catch my dream state that I was in.  I just lost myself in the violet bokeh softness as I wandered back to the station.

Shedding those violet tears again.  For a autumn that was too short?  For a winter that will be too long?  I do not know, but there are these purple drops to comfort me in my waking dream.

Shedding Violet Tears

Violet Vribrant Autumn Beauty

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

This little one, actually, very little one was dancing in color sound vibrations.  All around him the browns, yellows, and earthen reds abound.  This little one was just shinning.  The purple hairs on the small buds that are about to open, to the flaming violet reds that color its petals.

Living and loving the colors that never cease to surprise my soul.  In the midst of all these earthen tones, I stumble upon these colors that light up my soul.

Sit back and let the meditative vibrant colors of this little on wash over your soul.  Let them soothe your troubled spirits, and see the light at the end of that tunnel.

Violet Vribrant Autumn Beauty

The Flower Dial Reads the End of Summer is Near

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It seems like only yesterday that the heat and the humidity were oppressing my body.  Now, wait a minute, it was only yesterday.  Today the clouds and some misty rain have rolled in and the mercury has taken a refreshing dip.  On of my truly last days of summer, I have my windows open listening to the a unusual quietness drifting into my room.  The cicadas screeching has been silenced.  There is only the occasional street noise coming in from my neighborhood.

This summer’s heat has been long and hard.  Even though we didn’t get any days over 40 in my part of Tokyo, we still had day after day of hot humid weather.  The weather just wouldn’t quit except for a few freakishly cool days end of August.  Today it is the stillness.  It is as if the entire neighborhood knows that the heat is gone and that the cold is not that far away.

I am thankful for being able to see the four seasons here in Japan.  The four seasons were something that I never really experienced growing up in the two season weather of South Florida:  hot and not so hot.  To be able to experience the gradual changes with my senses is a blessing.  The cool feeling of cold as it hits the side of my face.  The bright colors of autumn leaves as they float down from the trees.  The smell of fresh flowers in spring.  And the tastes of those wonderful summer blueberries from my patio.  The seasons are in tune with the world.  Now we need to be in tune with them.

So in this season as summer is quickly fading into autumn, let those short sleeves soak up those last rays of sunshine.  Let the last of the summer blossoms fill our senses.  Don’t worry what time the sundial flower says, for there will be another one is only nine months away.

End of Summer Sun Dial Flower

Orange in the Spotlight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

First of all I would like to congratulate Japan’s National Women’s Team for winning the Women’s World Cup.  I am well aware of my American roots, and I usually would support my home team of America.  However, considering all that Japan has been though over the last four months I am pleased that Japan won.  It gives Japan a bit of good news when we all have been just keeping our heads above water in bad news.

Orange is one of those colors that I usually overlook. The hot sensation that orange gives me is one that I usually avoid.  However, these two, were just singing in the sun.  They speak color sound of summer time.  The speak of the heat, that shines from the closeness of the summer sun.

Orange

Heat

Hot

Humid

Beautiful

Six Point Orange Beauty

Orange in the Spotlight

Spring is the Time for Change

Friday, April 8th, 2011

I have been going through a lot over the last several weeks, as I am sure many of my fellow expats and Japanese have been going through with the after effects of the earthquake, tsunami and the ongoing nuclear situation.  I have been reasoning deeply with myself what is my position in all of this.  What should my reaction as a human and an artist should be?

I have been in this situation shortly after 9/11 in NYC.  My images I was creating were so overwhelmingly negative that it was beginning to make me ill.  But, I knew I had to capture these raw emotions in order to start the healing process within myself.  I find myself in a similar situation now; however, I do have 10 years experience since NYC.

And I have decided that the side that I must show is the positive.  I need to balance those sides in my artistic creations.  There is so much evil in the world, and the media over covers that so much that it makes me sick to my stomach.  I want to, I need to create work that is positive, showing the hope and the beauty in the world.

Spring is springing here.  The passover is coming.  A time to renew my relationship with the creator.  As a jew it is important to renew the self.  I see the flowers blooming.  I see the new recruits in their crisp justly bought suits.  These are the seeds of change that the world needs in a sea of despair.

Seek out the light.  Put your faith in higher places.  Do not let the hype paralyze you from action. Set this spring as a chance to renew yourself, and create the world that we all want to live in.

Much respect to double you from flickr for seeing the change in my images before I even could consciously.

Stop and smell life.

peace and much love from Tokyo, Japan.

Flower Stars, Edging of Hope

Time for a Change, Seasons, Life, the Earth

Pink Beauties and Asphalt, Tokyo

Studying Ability

Windy Strewn Cherry Blossoms

A New Hope with Cherry Blossoms

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

I have been back in Tokyo now for one week.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster since leaving the warm sun drenched suburbs of Miami, for the cold spring of Tokyo.  As the communities in Japan struggle to return to normalcy, I awoke Friday morning in an inexplicable good feeling.  It was as if some worries of mine had been plucked out from my heart.

As rode the darkened Tozai Line I started thinking that we all are in this together.  We all must do what ever we can to help Japan.  For some us that just means, taking care of our families and continuing to work.

I have decided that the best way for me to acclimate to my odd surroundings is to continue to do what I do best.  Use my camera as means of expression.  Trying to show my community and the world the side of Japan that I see.

These cherry blossoms that are starting to unravel their petals are a sign of good things to come.  This not to say that there are not going to be difficulties, but humans are crafty and together we can overcome.

Anticipating More to Come

Blossoms with a Water Tank

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