Native Languages

One line through four generations:

  • My dad's mom's native language was Polish.
  • My dad's native language is German.
  • My native language is English.
  • My son's native language is Japanese.

All four of us were born in the United States of America.

父方祖母母語はポーランド語でした。父の母語はドイツ語です。僕の母語英語。息子母語日本語。全て4人は米国の生まれ。

My four grandparents all had different native languages: one each with Polish, German, French, and English.

Three were born in the USA; only the native English speaker, my maternal grandmother, was not (she was born in Canada).

僕の祖父母、4人はそれぞれ違う母語があって:ポーランド語、ドイツ語、フランス語、英語。一人以外米国の生まれ。母語英語母方祖母だけは別の国の生まれ。


Wigglegram of a Tea House at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto

The previous post, Another Visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeastern Kyoto, ended with the photo of an old tea house. To give a better sense of its common, simple architecture, here's wigglegram of the room:

Animatable Wigglegram (18 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

Another Visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeastern Kyoto

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Photo Op
Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Kyoto, Japan

Last month, as Kyoto's fall foliage season was just ramping up, I made my second (or third?) visit to one of the Japanese Emperor's estates in Kyoto, the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮).

The villa can be visited only by reservation, and the online reservation system is generally completely booked for the entire three months ahead that it has available. However, it's substantially easier for foreigners (non-Japanese citizens) to make a reservation in person at the Imperial Household Agency office in Kyoto; Kobe cycling friend Adrian took advantage of that, and kindly included me in his reservation.

I've posted about this place before, in My First Visit To Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and its followups part one and part two (and a bonus boat).


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Gathering

Visits are via tours that are tightly controlled, chaperoned by (plain-clothed) Imperial police officers.

a wall and gate, at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto Japan
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Narrow Path

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Old (Famous?) Art

The tour was conducted by a man who had just returned to this property after many decades away; he had given tours ~30 years ago when he was younger, but had been transferred to Tokyo in between. He seemed to be quite knowledgeable and very witty, as he often held the group in rapt attention, or had them laughing.

The tour visits many small buildings on the property, and he described their history and special features. I didn't pay too much attention, as I was interested mostly in just taking pretty or interesting photos.


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I Love This
kind of construction

One never wants raw wood touching the ground, as that invites pests and rot. The design of the stone base allows for the wooden pillar to be replaced if needed, but holds it tight in all dimensions. I just love this.


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Tree-lined Path
the line of green trees below center line a path; the green seems to glow

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Tour

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Another Building

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Between Buildings

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Leading the Way

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View of Northern Kyoto

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Imperial Pond

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Bridge
A lady in kimono among autumn colors, at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto, Japan
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Photographing the Bridge
from a smaller bridge
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Bridge
from another angle
The golden bird ornament atop the bridge at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto, Japan
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Golden Bird With Flower
atop the bridge
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Another Tea House
damaged by a recent supertyphoon
a tea house at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮), Kyoto Japan
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Inside the House
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This tea house is seen again as a wigglegram in the next post.


Abstract Art from the Archive
an old rusty drill chuck
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Earthy
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Spacey
Osaka Airterminal Hotel (大阪国際空港ホテル)
(a different view of this photo)

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Otherworldly
ice crystals on a window at -10F (-23C)

I'm on a visit to my folks in Ohio, and while digging through my photo archives for some pictures for them, I came across a bunch of abstract art photos I took on a different trip here five years ago, so this post is a sampling of those.

The somewhat fuzzy ice crystals above were from the same frigid day that produced Pretty Frost Pattern on a Window and its followup.


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Pointy End

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Drill

This drill was fruitful fodder for my favorite macro lens, the Voigtländer 125mm/f2.5.

The end of the drill bit appeared here, but the chuck is my favorite, visually.

an old rusty drill chuck
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an old rusty drill chuck
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stacked wood
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For Good Measure
stacked wood strikes a cord
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Valerie Wigglegram at the Eigenji Temple
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写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

Here's a wigglegram of Taiwan-based photographer Valerie Roche near the back entrance to the Eigenji Temple (永源寺) in Shiga Prefecture, from the outing earlier in the month touched on in A Peek at Not-Yet-Peak Autumn Colors in Japan, To Pique Your Interest.

If the location seems familiar, it's perhaps because of a wigglegram of Paul Barr in the same place, two years ago, appearing in The Back Entrance to Shiga’s Eigenji Temple.

It's such a photogenic temple in autumn, I have to show from that trip for a dozen more postgs, but sadly I got around to only Rear Courtyard at the Eigenji Temple and Anatomy of a Selfie.