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Our moon nature

A haiku is not a poem, it is not literature; it is a hand becoming, a door half-opend, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to…

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Click Into the Sense of Delight

“The phenomenal world is self-existing. You can see it, you can look at it, you can appreciate your survey, and you can present your view to others. It is possible to discover the inherent state of things. It is possible to perceive how the world…

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Funfair

The broad river beneath me, an office workday behind me. When I closed the door, I decided not to go home yet, but to the fairground. I have been watching them putting up the fun rides for a while now from a distance. The skyline…

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Gleisbauarbeiten

Die Gleise werden ausgetauscht. Im Hausflur hängt die Ankündigung mit dem Hinweis, dass die Anwohner ins Hotel ziehen dürfen während der Wochenenden an denen Tag und Nacht gearbeitet wird. Also ist die Erwartung groß und wir werden nicht enttäuscht. Ein eingespieltes Team arbeitet von Freitag…

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Mindfulness

“Many people believe that mindfulness means acting carefully and cautiously, but that is not true. It is a code of conduct stemming from Buddhism that Western psychologists have taken up. It entails practising a certain attitude or frame of mind. Basically, it’s about being able…

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Japanese Tradition

Historically, the hull of Japanese houses was composed of wood and clay on wickerwork with a wooden casing often made from cedar. The wood darkens with time. Windows and doors can be completely shut. That is nice during the summer heat, I imagine. Many of…

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100% Rain

The day is flooded with rain and clouds. Yet it is still warm outside. Cyclists in simple ponchos and intensely colored waterproofs whiz past me. I buy the largest transparent umbrella available and start out. The Kyoto subway system is organized by color and number…

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Kyoto’s Subtle Abundance

This town surprises me every day. Often I feel as if I am just superficially grasping at the surface of things. I wish I could come back and discover more. Temples, gardens, and historic places seem to invite me in. A lot of these places…

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Tokyo’s Kindness

At the airport’s passport checkpoint there are flowery stickers and handwritten notes next to the official signs. On the train from the airport to the city, we get a pretty little pink slip for a ticket made from sturdy paper with a lot of characters…

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Anticipation

“Please read that to me”, my friend asks, pointing to a sign with pretty foreign characters on a shop door in Düsseldorf’s Japanese quarter. A sticker right next to it says “Mind the step” in German. When I’m in Japan, I will not decipher anything…