The Kansai Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region is a political, cultural, and economic power center at constant odds with the Eastern power center of Tokyo-Yokohama, which together with the central power center of Nagoya constitute around 1/2 of Japan’s population. Whereas Tokyo has been a political power center in Japan since before the Edo, or Tokugawa period (1600-1868), and has only become a force of industrial and cultural output since the postwar period, Osaka traditionally held cultural and economic hegemony. Osaka’s contemporary role in Japanese culture is a still a strong one however. Read More…

An Image (In A Parable)


There are kites flying in the sky. Men and women launch them, and hold them for a time.

Typically their release is shortlived. Their flier’s exuberance is likewise. Read More…

“And he who is not busy being born is busy dying.”

Facticity and possibility.

An Image (3)


Deux femmes, reclining beside a pool.  Read More…

An Image (2)


An open field stands unseen. Once seen, the cause of its barren state becomes apparent.  Read More…

An Image (1)


A mahogany door stands frameless, unwed to any wall. An absent smoke machine funnels clouds around it and toward the viewer.

It falls, the ground cracks. The lens cracks. Fog enters.

Print the Legend

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Or more precisely, print the image of the legend. Das ding embracing toward memory. Print the memory you mean to convey.

Borges calls upon the writer to print the memories left behind by their books, the intended message wrapped in a metaphor. A donkey on a piano, nudes, the eye cut by Bunuel.  Read More…

Help Me Get To Japan

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On September 8th, I will embark on a trip that will directly affect this blogspace. I will leave Charlotte-Douglass Airport and arrive in Osaka, Japan two days later. Through Antioch University’s ‘Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions’ program I will live and study in Kyoto for three months. Read More…


I just watched “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Director Wes Anderson has a unique ability to leave one emotionally exhausted and contemplative by recourse to sheer force of absurd will. Read More…

Uh. Hmm. Alright.

“All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don’t believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people.” ~Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) Read More…

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