Blossoms Falling

祇園精舎の鐘の聲、諸行無常の響き有り。 沙羅雙樹の花の色、盛者必衰の理を顯す。 驕れる者も久しからず、唯春の夜の夢の如し。 猛き者も遂には滅びぬ、偏に風の前の塵に同じ。 Gionshōja no kane no koe, Shogyōmujō no hibiki ari. Sarasōju no hana no iro, Jōshahissui no kotowari wo arawasu. Ogoreru mono mo hisashikarazu, tada haru no yo no yume no gotoshi. Takeki mono mo tsui ni wa horobin(u), hitoeni kaze no mae no chiri ni onaji. The sound of the GionContinue reading “Blossoms Falling”

Being An Introvert Sucks Sometimes

Recently, my team at work had a large online party for our senior manager who’s going on paternity leave, with online games like Among Us and other activities. But I quickly felt uncomfortable and decided to drop out. This is not new for me though. In past jobs, when work parties take place, I likeContinue reading “Being An Introvert Sucks Sometimes”

Time and Romance

From the 14th century Japanese text, “Essays in Idleness” (tsurezuregusa 徒然草), composed by Buddhist monk Kenkō: 26) When I recall the months and years I spent as the intimate of someone whose affections have now faded like cherry blossoms scattering even before a wind blew, I still remember every word of hers that once soContinue reading “Time and Romance”

Earless Hoichi: A Japanese Ghost Story

The following is yet another of my favorite stories from the 19th-century collection of Japanese ghost stories called Kaidan (怪談, old spelling Kwaidan) written by Greco-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn. This story relates to the ancient, climactic sea battle of Dan-no-ura which ended the Genpei War in the 12th century. In this battle, the infant emperorContinue reading “Earless Hoichi: A Japanese Ghost Story”

A Dead Secret: A Japanese Ghost Story

The following is another of my favorite stories from the 19th-century collection of Japanese ghost stories called Kaidan (怪談, old spelling Kwaidan) written by Greco-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn. As this is Obon Season in Japan, it’s a great time to enjoy a scary story or two… A DEAD SECRET A long time ago, in theContinue reading “A Dead Secret: A Japanese Ghost Story”

Mujina: A Japanese Ghost Story

The following is one of my favorite stories from the 19th-century collection of Japanese ghost stories called Kaidan (怪談, old spelling Kwaidan) written by Greco-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn. As this is Obon Season in Japan, it’s a great time to enjoy a scary story or two… MUJINA On the Akasaka Road, in Tokyo, there isContinue reading “Mujina: A Japanese Ghost Story”

Magic and Science: Same Difference?

Recently, the family attended a little setsubun ceremony at a local Buddhist temple of the Japanese Shingon sect. Shingon Buddhism is one of several “esoteric” (mikkyō 密教) sects in Buddhism including Japanese Tendai and Tibetan Buddhism, and rely more on practices through a complex array of rituals, chants and gestures called “mudra”. This particular ceremonyContinue reading “Magic and Science: Same Difference?”

Nirvana Day: The Death of the Buddha

There are arguably 3 major holidays in Buddhism, particularly Mahayana Buddhism, all centered around the life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni (e.g. Siddhartha Gautama): his birth, awakening, and death. February 15th in the solar calendar marks the death of the Buddha, though many traditions still rely on any number of lunar calendars to track thisContinue reading “Nirvana Day: The Death of the Buddha”