15. November 2018
Whale season has come around here! Since I saw eyewitness news of humpback whales from Captain Andy's in early October, I’ve been looking forward to the opportunities to go out to the shore for photography. And finally came a chance! Yes, a group of whales were there at Makahuena Point. For me, winter is very exciting season to be able to watch whales but at the same time it’s very annoying season because I’m so crazy spending much time for whales out of my busy schedule. As you may know,...
13. November 2018
The 29th general conference of WFB was mainly held at the Marroad International Hotel Narita near Narita Airport. Although I’ve been to Narita Airport so many times, this was my very first time to stay in Narita. For me, Narita has been always a passing point to go abroad or to go home in Niigata since my first travel abroad in 1992. I never did sightseeing around the Airport and I never walked around Narita City. So this conference gave me a good opportunity to stop to see Narita. The hotel...
12. November 2018
It was truly an honor and blessing that I was able to participate in the 29th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) in Japan from November 6th to November 9th. In the history of WFB, this was the 4th time for Japan to host the general conference and theme was "Compassion in action." The conference was the biggest meeting I've ever attended and over 1,000 people got together for the prayer ceremony for World Peace at Sojiji Temple which is one of the two head temples of...
05. November 2018
Yesterday around noon time, TSA security gate at the Lihue Airport was full of people waiting to check in the boarding zoon. I was not in a hurry but I assumed it would take more than 15 minutes to go through the gate. In the meantime, a TSA worker came to us to reduce a long line. She addressed us that another security gate was available for the Alaska Airlines customers. She told us, "If you fly with Alaska, you can go to another gate. There is no line." A few people moved but majority of the...
31. October 2018
Kawaikini is the highest peak of Mount Waialeale which is known as the wettest spot on Earth. As you know, it is located almost in the center of the Island and it is often covered by clouds. Therefore it is said it's difficult to view this summit throughout the year.
30. October 2018
A Japanese term “Sanpitsu(三筆)” which literally means “three brushes” refers to the three greatest calligraphers in the Heian Period (794-1185) in Japan. They are; 1. Emperor Saga ( 786-842) 2. Tachibana no Hayanari (782-842) 3. Kukai / Kobo Daishi (774-835). Among them, Kukai is probably the most popular calligrapher and his posthouse priest title “Kobo Daishi” is also well-known and appeared in Japanese sayings regarding calligraphy. One of them is “Kobo Fude wo...
25. October 2018
When I was staying in my family temple in Japan in August, I had opportunities to talk to the temple members. Just like here, one of the common topics of the conversation was about weather. Surprisingly most of them know exact temperature of today's weather and they often asked me …......how many degrees is the temperature in Hawaii? This was a very difficult question because I didn’t have a thermometer here and I was not interested in the exact temperature. In fact, my own scale of...
23. October 2018
I've been quite interested in names of the plants both in English and in Japanese. Before I came to Kauai, I didn't care even if I didn't know the name of the plant but now I cannot leave it unknown. Especially after I started working as a tour guide for Japanese tourists, knowledge on plants are very useful and well-received by tourists. As soon as I encounter the plant I've never seen before, I take a photo and look for the name. As you know, every plant has its binomial name which is usually...
22. October 2018
The State of Hawaii, Department of Health changed its regulation for the food safety and as of September 2018, a new mandate for Food Handlers Education certificate requires at least one employee present at every food establishment during normal hours to have a formal food handlers training level certification. Of course we are not a restaurant but because we do have Bon Dance to prepare/provide food at the temple kitchen, our temple President made arrangement for me and himself to take a free...
21. October 2018
A Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard left an interesting saying about regret. “Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it either way.” Of course, this is not always true since we can find both happy couples and happy singles. However, at least one thing is true about this saying. There are only two kinds of “regret” in this world; one is a regret on what you did. Another one is a regret on what you didn’t do. “Marry” and “don’t marry” or “Did” and...

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