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Video bombed by some damn kid

holding my coffee cup. While I took my signed copy of National Geographic Traveler: Japan with me, I had the 4th edition author as my personal guide. (Thanks, Perrin, for humoring your dad for a whole week.) Right next door to where he lives, the first stop on my first morning in Kyoto was the site of a legendary sword fight.

The neighborhood is also known for a famous battle of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman in Japanese history and author of The Book of Five Rings [c. 1645]. Having challenged and maimed or killed the heads of the Yoshioka sword school, Musashi was challenged again, but this time a huge posse was out to kill him. Using a highly unorthodox two-sword style, he ambushed the gang of swordsmen, killing the remaining heir to the school, decimating the rest and escaping unharmed. A descendant of the pine tree where they fought now stands on the road to Shisen-do.

Shisen-do (Poets' Hall) is a Zen temple and garden right below this shrine on the wooded slopes of northeast Kyoto.
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We had a number of the lesser known gardens to ourselves. That was a nice surprise. Ryoan-ji gets a bit like Disneyland.
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That was Now -- this is Then

Cherry petal snow in Kyota and a 'secret' Zen garden. The friend who introduced him to it admonished Perrin to not say a word to the tourist hordes in his guidebook to Japan.

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that everything changes
Except, of course, stones
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If this doesn't cheer you up --

nothin' will. Keep an eye on that left hand, +Bisbo Nian. Nob Sugino is a master when it comes to lap  steel technique. Note the multi-bender unit on the Duesenberg. Gives you effects similar to pedal steel guitar (raising or lowering sting tone on the fly).
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Sweet and saucy! Yeah, I am all cheered up now, damn ya! :-)
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Good night.
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Latin aside, those fish are the blight of local rivers.  It is illegal to return one to the water alive, if caught.  The name should be transposed to "crap".
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to fly the friendly skies.
World Record Largest RC Paper Airplane
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<sigh>  No shortage of 'dad' stories. Ha. Nowadays, we call them Learning Experiences.
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when it goes bonk. Sōzu in Shisen-do garden -- Kyoto. 

Shishi-odoshi (鹿威し lit. means "scare the deer" in Japanese?). In a wide sense, it refers to Japanese devices made to scare away birds and beasts damaging agriculture, such as the kakashi (scarecrow), naruko (clappers) and sōzu (see below). In a narrower sense, it is synonymous with sōzu.

Sōzu is a type of water fountain used in Japanese gardens. It consists of a segmented tube, usually of bamboo, pivoted to one side of its balance point. At rest, its heavier end is down and resting against a rock. A trickle of water into the upper end of the tube accumulates and eventually moves the tube's centre of gravity past the pivot, causing the tube to rotate and dump out the water. The heavier end then falls back against the rock, making a sharp sound, and the cycle repeats. This noise is intended to startle any herbivores such as deer or boars which may be grazing on the plants in the garden.
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My mom was obsessed with those things, when I was a kid.

She crafted her own, for our little plastic goldfish pond, despite the fact that we didn't have a stream with which to feed it.  She had a whole system with a disguised 5-gallon bucket that would trickle into the apparatus, and keep it running for hours at a time (we didn't need it to keep away scavengers, she just liked the noise when she was on the patio).

We called it the "whack-bonk." 
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Yuko says, "Ah!"

After I spent a couple of hours with two classes of Perrin's English students (lots of laughs), our friend, Yuko, took us to a rotating sushi palace with her son, Ryuta. Great system. You eat to your heart's content and then they count your sushi plates when you're done. 

Yuko and her son (and his then girlfriend) visited us the summer before last. A tire came off my SUV when we took them up to see Apex ski village and were heading back down the mountain. (That was pretty mortifying for both me and my favorite mechanic.) All the same, Yuko told Perrin that the tire experience was very useful when it came to her understanding of the future conditional tense in English. As in:  "...I could have died."
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I ate at one in San Francisco where they had a little river with boats carrying the plates floating around ; ) Enjoy your garden +Peter Lindelauf 
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Shrine of the Lost Canadian

In Kyoto, my son, Perrin, lives right across the street from the site of the most famous Japanese swordfight and a beautiful little Zen garden called Shisen-do (Poets' Hall). I made this inukshuk  partly to thank Perrin's ex-patriate neighbors for a great dinner and conversation on my last night in Kyoto. And partly to irk the parking lot attendant lady who was just about the only unpleasant Japanese person I encountered. When she saw me drinking coffee on my son's doorstep, she hurried to her car to get her purse with a dramatic flourish. I haven't heard yet if my Shrine of the Lost Canadian is still standing or not.

Whitehorse - Un Canadien Errant (The Road To Massey Hall)
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Nice something difference and uniq.
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California girl

After just 37 years in Canada, my very own California girl has applied for Canadian citizenship.

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Her Californian good looks have not suffered at Canada's hands, Peter.  Tell her to include one of those photos with her application and it will be approved overnight :-)
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THIS GUY . . . right?!

Probably the best GIF ever made. #boop  
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My high school physics teacher set this pendulum demo and turned her back on the student "volunteer" as he stood with a bowling ball up against his nose. He pushed the ball and got out of the way as it came back and smashed into the locker that was behind him. The teacher was completely shaken, postulating that there "must have been a gravity fluctuation" 
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Songwriter/musician and gardener. No longer pimping for loggers as a forester. Now slinging industrial text as a tech writer and editor. Just another acid casualty trying to plug into the Military/Industrial mega-complex and natural gas plants, in particular.
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