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COMEDY IN THE TEMPLE

Our family temple is about 300 years old, and is famous for its garden of (azalea). When I first came to live here in the 1980s, it was...

WHAT IS SENSITIVITY?

Should I put “trigger warnings” on this blog post? Would people be triggered by my mentioning insults, suffering, disturbing images,...

COERCION

"Broken Tile", original painting by Rebecca Otowa 2021 I’ve been thinking a lot about COVID and coercion lately. By this I mean, how the...

RAINY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

I am sitting at the front window of my living room, which opens onto the front yard, and it’s raining a bit. This is the wettest August...

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS

Feelings always run high for me at the two big holiday seasons of the Japanese year, O-Bon (August) and O-Shogatsu (New Year). Perhaps...

THE NEW ARRIVALS

Hello from summery Otowa! Please check out the summer pictures now up on the website. Here is a blog written by my grandchildren about...

CHANGING MY IDENTITY

Identity is a funny thing. When you are young, you don’t have much idea of it, and in the first part of your life a lot of energy is...

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE

Many places in Japan are regarded as romantic. One such place is the Gokayama Gassho villages in Toyama Prefecture, and the related...

COVID IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

Spring festival procession, involving half the town, hundreds of years old – canceled for the first time since large-scale roadworks...

MY LIFE IN BED

Recently I had some dental work done, a tooth pulled actually, and before that I organized my bedroom so that I would be able to spend a...

What is “Normal”?

I know a lot of people who will be bidding 2020 farewell with a sigh of relief, and anticipating a better year to come. From a big...

FOR MY MOTHER

My mother, Lucy Phillipp Rasmus, turned 100 on November 1, 2020. Five days later she departed this life. I wasn’t beside her for either...

A Tale of Myoga

In this time of COVID-19, it is rare to have somewhere to go and really go there. Thus, I was happy to be sitting once more, after an...

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