Curated Photo V

Welcome to the fifth installment in my series of ten favorite photos of summer.   Sacred Cedars In the year 816, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) established a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism atop Mount Koya–Koyasan.  Today, at least 200,000 people have their remains buried as close as possible to Kobo Daishi, who sits in eternal meditation…

Curated Photo IV

Fourth in my series of ten favorite photos of summer, thus far… Inari In Kyoto, Japan, I was hiking back down sacred and spiritually powerful Mount Inari when I came across a vending machine (yes…only in Japan).  A group of young feral cats, uninhibited, came out from behind the machine to greet me. I took…

A Curated Photo: Part III

This is the third in my series of ten favorite photos of summer. Enjoy. Third Eye Wat Pho, Bangkok.  Photo opps at this temple complex were endless but this is my favorite. Most would have chosen a pic of the giant Reclining Buddha, which I also have, but I most appreciate this quiet corner of…

A Curated Photo Just for You: Part II

In this series I will be choosing my ten favorite photos of summer to share with each of you. The first was featured in yesterday’s post, the second is now… Fire in the Sky  As we sped through Ako, Japan on a Shinkansen bullet train at around 150 mph, I shot this from the comfort…

A Curated Photo Just For YOU

In the first of a new series, I have chosen one of my ten favorite photos of summer to share along with its location and a brief reason why I chose the photo.  I had arrived too late to the Grand Palace in Bangkok and been turned away by military guards. As I turned around,…

We Rode the Lightning 

This evening, in Lenhartsville, Windsor and Edenburg, Pennsylvania–United States of America.  Into the storm… [no alterations to light or color]

My 5 Favorite Food Joints in Asia & Why (in a nutshell)

In order… 1. Broccoli Revolution (all vegan)—899 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Why Go? A sublime atmosphere in the heart of a huge city. Excellent preparation and presentation.  Friendly service. Vegan desserts and cheeses available. Accepts credit cards. Charging outlets available. Complimentary ice water with cucumber & orange available (not always…

5 Ways in Which New York City Differs from Japan

Featured image: NYC flag flying high at Tokyo’s DisneySea park. In NYC… 1. People talk on their phones, when possible, while on trains.   2. People, including myself, eat food while walking around. Pretzels, hot dogs (not me), food truck treats and other assorted items. Folks on trains do not hesitate to eat chicken wings…

5 Ways In Which Japan Differs from New York City

But first, about the featured image:Brooklyn establishments are hip in both places, as are young folk wearing “Brooklyn” t shirts. [this bar/restaurant is in Hakata, in southern Japan] In Japan… 1. As ambulances run through intersections the driver makes announcements via loud speaker, including: “Adigato go zai mas (thank you very much)..” 2. Ridged and…

Expedition:Asia Curations Part II

Most Heartwarming Moments: July 13th-August 9th [in no particular order] 1. Hakata (Fukuoka), Japan Sumire sacrifices time and energy to drive me out to the port for my ferry so I do not have to ride the bus. 2. Seoul, Republic of Korea Owner of Bread Blue vegan bakery gives me a free crossaint out…

Expedition:Asia 2016 Curations Part I

Welcome to the first installment! I was going to begin this tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it too much. Such is the life of someone who has been spending way too much time alone for extended stretches (punctuated by extremely social snippets).  For new visitors, please check out some posts from the past month…

DisneySea

A park which only exists here, in Tokyo. An introduction in 5 photos: Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage is now one of my favorite rides. It has depth, detail, a boat on the water and is quite long. City of New York flag flying high in Tokyo!