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Temple Overlooking a Frosty Kyoto

Last night we a short but intense snow flurry that dropped about 2" of snow in 15 minutes, leaving the mountains this morning with a nice frosting.

The building seen above is at Shogunzuka, covered in "Inside the “New” Temple Building at Shogunzuka Overlooking Kyoto" and, more widely, a bit earlier in "New Views of Kyoto from Shogunzuka’s New Observation Deck".

A bit farther north, hikers were enjoying the clearing on Mt. Daimonji:

The clearing is where the fires are lit during the Daimonji Festival each August, as covered in "Daimonji: Kyoto’s Least-Photogenic Festival", and in its photographic rebuttal "Daimonji [...]


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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.

父方の祖母の母語はポーランド語でした。父の母語はドイツ語です。僕の母語は英語。息子の母語は日本語。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。一人以外は米国の生まれ。母語が英語の母方の祖母だけは別の国の生まれ。


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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:


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Another Visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeastern Kyoto

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 [...]


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Abstract Art from the Archive

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.

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.


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