I saw this sunflower papier-mâché prop in the window walking in Osaka, Japan one day. I loved its originality and the black-and-white newspapers with politicians' photos in the center. I almost walked on by, but I'm glad I didn't.￼ Sometimes it's the little things that turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful. ￼ ￼ This photograph … Continue reading Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art
Month: August 2020
Co-existence – When Art and Global Collaboration Meet
Maria Papatzelou and Jagoda Kalliarekou One of my great joys has been to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group of global artists, writers and thinkers that are producing some amazing projects. I've been exited to share news of the Major Group Exhibition in Kyoto, Haiku books as well as art and haiku books, … Continue reading Co-existence – When Art and Global Collaboration Meet
Torii Gate — Haipho -Saga Arashiyama, Kyoto
A haipho - photo and haiku - by Sydney Solis.
Bell of Peace, Adam and Eve – Atom and Sri – the Atom and the Sri Yantra
The Sri Yantra is visible within the atom engraving on the Bell of Peace at the Hiroshima Memorial, Japan.
熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原
The Oyunohara (大斎原) Otorii Gate, the largest of the Kumano Kodo sanzan. Before 1889, 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō pilgrims arriving at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine visited its original site of Oyunohara 大斎原, an island located at the fork of the Iwata River and the Otonashi River in Tanabe, Wakayama. Instead of Misogi, 禊 a Japanese Shinto practice of … Continue reading 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原
Bombing Ourselves: Nagasaki on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing
On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the Christian faith in America is examined through the lens of the Catholic Church that was bombed 500 ft. from the hypocenter.
Two Atomic Bombs and I – The 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima
I grew up under the shadow of World War II because my father was a child survivor of a Japanese concentration camp and my mother was pro-atomic bomb. Living in Japan helped me realize what really happened and make up my own mind about the atomic bombings.
Keep Calm and Read Bashō Haiku Poetry 4 Humanity
Keep calm and read some haiku by the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō as translated by Jeff Robbins of Basho4humanity;
Walking the Kumano Kodō 熊野古道- Kumano Hongū Taisha 熊野本宮大社-
Walking the Kumano Kodo beings at 熊野本宮大社, Kumano Hongū Taisha. It serves as the head shrine of more than 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and is part of the san-zen - three famous shrines that cover the route. Hongu Taisha enshrines its own deity and the deities of the other two Kumano shrines, Hayatama Taisha, Nachi Taisha, as well asthe sun goddess Amaterasu.
Haiku + Photo = Haipho – A Few Notes on the Japanese Way
Unlike an ekphrastic poem that is describing a work of art, the Haipho must have a few considerations.