Wish toonozen

Tokyo is about 9 million residents; metropolitan Tokyo is about 36 million. Deliveries  are going on 24 hours a day every day.


Walking around the side streets you can see small garage size warehouses for local deliveries, often by bicycle, hand truck, whatever works.


or motored cycle.


Trucks are often waiting long into the night.


Or just some wear waiting.


Fascinating to me is not what strange behaviour people might be doing but what normal behaviour they are doing— it is normal behaviour which generates the ”culture field“  to generate   the structure of human relationships.


These drivers are all “waiting,” Is “waiting” a normal behviour? Are people standing in a line “waiting” in a restaurant behaving like a driver sitting in a truck?


This one has a chock on the wheel.


People sitting and  looking, maybe they’re waiting, that describes what these people are doing, but maybe the gestures and expressions make you feel like you want there to be more to this story.

A Japanese saying:
It is no patience which you can bear patiently; 
Patience is to bear what is unbearable.


Perhaps wonder does not this strange bizarre behaviour of those who get their names in the news paper headlines, in crime reports or in history  books just a blip in time waiting for an  end of a history which can be passed on to another successor?


Chanting at Sensoji starts at 6:00 am,  shortly before the priest may stand outside as people gather waiting for the doors to open so they can attend morning chanting  inside, I think next time I will join them, I guess that is me having a bucket list of one thing.


A different time, a different place, same god, different story.


A place wear know thing sames the seam.


On the second floor of  the Great Kanto Earthquake Museum  were these illustrations recovered,. the museum has photos and things from the Kanto Daishinsai (関 東大震災), 1923 as well as some things from the WWII bombing of Tokyo.honjo9290DetB_800.jpg

There was an opportunity to buy a wood tablet, write a hope  =and place it in a designated space,  this one said :

I pray that  my grandparents live to see me  graduate  . . .to see me marry or to meet the grandchildren they’ll have someday.  I also pray that my parents will live  for a very long & healthy life.  I pray for happiness and success for my family and friends.


A moment when I could sit and watch the world pass me by.


Or a chance for me to pass the world bye,


I feel good when someone feels good to see me


Many are too normally behaving too busy with their own normal lives.


I could be watching from a corner sumware, or hiding in between  a corner knowhere—should I knot see myself  any clearlessly?


This Thanksgiving week I am thankful to feel proud of my son. Fremont was cold today, for Fremont anyway, with big clouds in the sky.










Knew collection of know dust

Whatever we cannot experience,  we can not know; we can knot no; we can knot know. Avalokiteshvara saw the five skandhas were empty and was freed from all suffering.


Suppose that time changed such that humans changed at a different rate of time with the universe than we do now—would we be able to know it? We might call it extending our natural life expectancy,  it might be a variable in the cost of  life insurance, or a goal of medicine.


If everything had its own time how would we know things were in a different time? Could we only parts of such things?  In that sense everyone is existing in their own time zone; in that sense every thing is existing it its own time zone; in that sense we know what we do not no—we only know parts of people as we no their other parts.


Noing what we know;  knowing what we do not no .. . .


People see the universe from their personal time frame of experience as well as a social time frame of experience because humans created means to communicate with each other over time, such as writing, or creating material things which did not disappear when the creator died.


We know where we going at one time, or we went where we were told to go at another time — know answers  to be found for no questions yet to be lost . . . Gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svaha.


When colors are not colors,  shapes are not shapes, lines are not lines  . . . then form or emptiness is not matter.


Line, color, shape, form, do they  make seeing worthwhile ?


Which is less important?  Enlightenment, having a  successful business, finding love, having a child? When is more important? Happiness, childhood,  a lost dog?


Who is what when doing why we are where when  I  was waiting fore you outside the gate of your door. Mu! Mo! Kan! Mu! Mo! Kan! Mu! Mo! Kan!


Seeking disorder in order to understand order or creating disorder to impose order?  I try to stop myself from wondering which is less natural


Gosh! O! Gosh! O! Gosh! O!


Seams never two fit, plus what causes zen

I never had a “tailor made” article of clothing, the closest being  was the “free tailoring with the purchase of a new suit,” a very conservative glen plaid three button with vest in 1981 which over the past 38 years has  not been  worn it over more than ten occasions.

I never liked suits,  and ties a lot less and moving to Silicon Valley benefited me with causal business attire such as herringbone tweed jackets and khaki pants. While store bought clothes never fit me, it never mattered.

As you enter Sensoji passing through the first gate the Nakamise shopping street is about 250 meters leading up tot he second gate and the temple.


In Tokyo  there are many jobs which are done by people. Temples and shrines are common, people walk by them and through them every day. As they walk by the front they may bow. Temples and shrines provide a personal ongoing connection with a common history,


A photograph of a photograph in the Great Earthquake Museum in Yokoamicho Park in Ryogoku, Tokyo, of Nakamise about 90 years ago.


Kannon Bosatsu, Bodhisattva of Compassion, is associated with?, or  worshipped?, with Sensoji . . .


and good “made on site” senbei.


My sister lives in Chofu, I walked around one afternoon . . .


being looked at or ignored . . .


What is is like to be in your 50’s while washing your clothes in a laundermat? Someone in a similar place told me when you are born too quickly is where zen comes from.


Of course you  can also choose to believe the story of the bearded barbarian who came across the water.


which why, for me at the  least,  there is nishin soba at Jindaiji.


On the way back I got off the Metro at Nihombashi, wandered into a store promoting  products of  Shigaraki with a sake bar serving four tastings for ¥1000, all junmai quality.


I had room for one more bottle in my suitcase and bought the second from the left, the guinomi and tokkuri, from my personal collection, were created by shigaraki potters.

I cannot end this post without telling you the cause of zen—its having too much stuff left over after you put your nothing away.


If won then when, knot ten

One of the things you might be concerned about if you live in a colder  climate than you would if you lived in a warmer climate is when you take the piece of bread out of the toaster  you want to time the butter so that it melts before the toast gets too cold, and as  butter is so fattening  you do not want too much on the toast especially if you are like me and your obsession not to waste any butter is stronger than  your will to scrape off the excess butter.


Japanese have a love of things growing, Tokyo residents like to have a garden . . .


no matter where or how they live.


There are some of these small Tokyo homes, many are three stor ywith a business run out of the ground floor. These old small Tokyo houses are often in need of repair and one day they will  all disappear.


Red chairs waiting for someone in a Shibuya station corner/


Standing in the Rain, sometimes its too easy to be fooled by someone else’s voice . . .or how they stand in the rain/


or  what seems like locals traveling on the Sakura Line. Tokyo Metro and train lines  transport about 12-14 million passengers a day, always clean and safe.


In Tokyo there is ongoing construction  everywhere, all the time. with construction delivery trucks  waiting, waiting, and waiting.


A Tokyo Tower at night experience.


Bea, Les, and Seymour


I have been in Tokyo this week,  staying inTaito City  in the area around Kaminanon Gate at Senso-ji—”ji” means temple, so when you see Senso-ji translated as Senso-ji temple the word ”temple’ is redundant. 

asakusa6050Det26%ppi100E800.jpgThere are visitors  from all over the world and almost every one has a camera phone, with many not just satisfied with making a record of a moment but are trying to creatively  expresses something beyond just being a memory, they have vision beyond just the  vacation snapshot.


And in large part, there are perhaps a billion, or even more, people on Earth  who owe this to Steve Jobs, whose vision  of a hand held  mobile telephone which was also a computer and a camera which would make digital images of a professional quality. Jobs did not only enable people to to this by creating  quality products and with his insistence on  design excellent of products,  graphic design of packaging, corporate identity and advertising, all which  motivated people to attempt something beyond their own capabilities.


Few people in history  have moved so many to achieve beyond their own expectations in self expression as did Steve Jobs. Whether they all achieve some level of greatness or not, they will raise  the standard for those more capable and make the world a better place.


After hours gestures


A group of elder people (my age)  having a group photograph at Yasukune Jinja getting some last memories of past  greatness of Japan


Pilgrims at Sensoji in the early morning.