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OUR BRAINS ARE BETTER

Happy Solstice, everyone! We in the Northern Hemisphere are now at the top of the Ferris wheel of the y ear. Midsummer… everything is...

I WISH YOU PEACE

I wish you peace, when the cold winds blow Warmed by the fire’s glow I wish you comfort in the lonely time Arms to hold you when you ache...

LISTENING

(The picture accompanying this blog is of one of my vegetable “cages”. I cultivate vegetables inside a cage in order to discourage animal...

PIONEERS

Photo courtesy of Ulena Switucha, circa 2009 (Happy Spring, everyone! Please check out the new photos on the website. I have now been...

THINKING ABOUT PROBLEMS

Hello friends, please forgive me for not writing in a while. Late winter is really hard for me to get through, so I have scheduled a lot...

END OF YEAR THOUGHTS

I started out to write an article about online anger. How I feel when I “weigh in” to arguments on social media; I stay away from...

THE CATS UPDATE

By Julia Otowa and Rebecca Otowa Ok, so some of you may have been thinking, “How are those two cats, Boris and Daisy doing?” Well, I’m...

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...