M, a gray shun. My grey shun. You’re grey shun

Since the beginning of humanity some people have been seeking migrating in search of a better life. Thats over 200,000 years, and of that nation states or countries, a group of people organized  by legally defined geographical -political boundaries  have been around for about 300-400  (30 Years War? an arbitrary choice)  years, about 0.001% of human history while  during that same time period people have been migrating in search of  a better life for 100% of the time.


Which is more  “normal human  behavior”, living in a  country or migrating somewhere for a better life? Is one of them “abnormal?”


During that 200,000 years people changed from living in very small groups to increasingly larger and larger groups . Though we do not know most of that “history” we do know some of it. Perhaps at one early time people lived as families in caves {I do not know,  but it makes sense as an metophor to start there)  and though the years with the development of  recording methods such as writing, visual Art, we have some historical infomation.


Even in families there is an organizational  social structure. Perhaps we could say that families which were near the beginning of human organization were  probably extended families, expanding  to  groups of  different  families as well as “successful families” —families which could provide enough essentials for an increasing number of children—and settlements, villages, towns, cities, city states,  etc.


Confucius taught that the structure of power in the family was the basis for all organizations, from family to clan to village to city to larger and thought that if  the father as decision-maker – structure was  learned in the family then as grown ups people would be inclined to live peacefully accepting the power structure with which they grew up. Or this was the “true way” for individuals in a society to live to maximize the outcome of order.


Things were going along and then . . . Oil  starting post WWI, made a few people very wealthy, generated  significantly larger middle classes in western countries, making  wealthy authoritarian despots  of various degrees in others while millions of people worldwide were killed and murdered as the west attempted to defend  the flow of oil around the world.


The economic creativity and  wealth  generated by an oil-world economy enabled increasingly  larger scales of economic relationships and the development of  electronic media increasingly spread the word all over the world, over flowing geo-political boundaries flooding the whole world with the gospel—  life could be better somewhere else, with real  pictures of real people doing real things for fun instead of survival.


Nation states,  with their laws restricting immigration may be the major obstacle to people seeking a share of the wealth, laws which are reinforced by a standing armed  police force and a standing a armed military supported by taxes . . .and


basically “managed” by politicians,  some of who may have some leadership qualities  and others who are in it for the power and control. Probably most are various ordinal combinations on a continuum. But as long as national sovereignty


In Japan temples and shrines ( buddhist and shinto respectively)  are usually open to people to  visit and they have festivals , People can visit temples and shrines, enjoy their beauty, some such as Sensoji   are a complete experience with stores, restaurants,


People are pretty much free to behave as they want which is quite different than churches and mosques which have a bunch of rules for visitors to obey.








Knot in mynd

My mother had a stroke,  it messed up her memory,  she suffered from expressive aphasia and  lived in a memory care facility near me, either I or my wife would see her every day for over 3.5 years. During her last year after lunch she might want to return to her room to sleep, or maybe just escape.


In the memory care facility I met people who had accomplishments inter life  and did not remember,


Mom  had an operation for  a hip problem and was in rehab for eight  weeks  “relearning to walk.”



My parents lived a good life, Dad  had a good job, they lived in Japan for 14 years, Mom established herself professionally  in Ikebana, upon Dad’s retirement  she had an Ikebana  =school, they lived comfortably  still  in her last years, she was unable to “function” in society, this was in rehab, the lunch room,  it feels so bare  and prison-like but  for the eight weeks in rehab I was there for lunch, dinner and physical therapy.


I could not understand what it meant to her, losing everything  it must have been very hard to find herself.


She had her own room, and we brought some of her things,  furniture, her comfortable chair, flowers,


What was like for her when I was not there, which was much of the day,


Still the moments I was there


And the winner!!, the biggest award is to see someone so happy to see you,


What I like about Tokyo  is the graphic shapes ,


the lines and shapes


the colors and proportions, just walk down a street, go around a corner, see what is just waiting  there to be scene…



People come in all kinds of packages, and you have to admit, life is strange enough all  by itself without all the crap people do to make it even stranger.


But I cannot wear polyester, it does not breath and makes me sweat and itch, even 15%, I guess I cannot look forward to doing this kind of job in my retirement, and maybe I  don’t get this kind of happiness  either.



Take your self, hear

Tako-yaki, these two young women opened up the store at 10:00 am  and they could not make it fast enough . . .ueno1956Det24%ppi100C8

Around the corner from my hotel was Hotel California at Kaminarimon, Sunday -Thursday ¥3700 yen for 90 minutes, tax included . . .


a few blocks away from the Hotel  California is Sensoji at Kaminarimon,


and over around the side, people enjoy using the computer-smartphone, what right does anyone have to be happy?


On the Tokyo Metro I doubt she got this bag as a souvenir on a visit,


In Tokyo there are many situations where old and new meet. Notice the garden, very common among small residences in Tokyo like this.


Remember the images from the set of Tora-san films of the store on the bottom, the kitchen and eating in the back with  sleeping rooms upstairs.


The buildings may be quite older, or perhaps the closer to the end of WWII the more likely they were made with “a less modern level of improvement” than things made after.


Imagine living and working in the same building, and a narrow building like these  in Tokyo . . . how different are  the thoughts in my mind?








Left may run

Did you think she would let you? Why bother asking me if it was not that important?

Maine Gothic, 1970


‘Why somehow the lapse between my feet and eyes  reflect in the broader picture?


The train was her time share, she could sleep on it during the day but at night had to find some place in the park  where hidden from those people she could close her eyes for a while and remember the better times.


Hare krishna, Hare krishna, what is it about? I think Indian gods are more like /Greek-Roman gods as differentiated from the Jewish, Christian,  Islamic god.

Krishna was born as in incarnation of Vishnu in human form  in the Vrishini family of Mathura to foster good and annihilate evil.

Historically  Krishna was a contemporary of the Pandavas in the the Bhagavad Gita story,   Remember, Krishna and Arjuna  in the chariot at one end of the battlefield and .at the other end, Arjuna’s family. the Panadavas, at the ready.  The Krishna story may be  over 3000 years old and has been very influential in Indian culture. If the name Krishna comes up almost  every Indian has a feeling when  hearing or reading it.

His life story is very romantic including a sensational switching-at-birth story, cavorting in the fields with young girls, an intense romance and stealing his wife out from under the diabolical scheming of her bother.

University of Michigan, 1968

Are we as beautiful as we think?,  or as we look?, or as we feel? or as we touch? or as we hear? She thought she was more beautiful than that and I doubted myself, not a great combination.


People see, they feel, and they have to deal with it. Good people find ways to “deal with it” that do not hurt others, and still others get hurt. I do not know if there is any other way but I still choose to not hurt people and it ends up hurting people.

Market Street, SF

I am always wondering to where doors lead,


People live in fear  that the things they own may be stolen by other people,  do you blame them?


Noing be four hand

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But every wear you may think someone is high ding  for just under six dollars you can easily fined me anywhere you cannot look,


For many decades Kind of Blue has been one my most favored listening experiences and you probably know in the world  indigo is a most favored dye for textiles,  and 12-bar music—sometimes called The Blues— became a world wide language, falling on blind ears.


Drama (だるま)  brought direct pointing to the Buddha mind—when called dhyana, later called  chan and known to many in the west as zen—from India to China. But it is in Japan where he found love, no matter how he looks, where he hides, there is no place he is to to be found,

Nana korobi yaoki” (七転び八起き)


Mom  loved Ikebana, she was a master in Ichiyo, a teacher of Ikenobo, a past president of Ikebana International  and for twenty years she taught ikebana in the United States. She lost her memory  after a stroke and I made this  poster to hang her wall in the  hope it would trigger  memories, whether it did or not is not important. Sometimes we do not know if what we do will help but we do know that not doing something will not help.


Here some nonconundrum  but frustrating misconverswayshuns with my dark side, and I must say that while my shadow is limited in dimensions, some of my best friends were to never knew where I was going or where I had been—being there was enough fore them, but  me and later not  being there  was enough fore them and too much fore me.


You could say I got lost but know one even missed me—begging the answer is less than meaning if you have know questions.me2992C_65&ppi100B_650

Reaching 72 I have know thing to hyde except my celph, except my celph.