Category Archives: Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: ZIGZAG, 2

What beautiful memories these particular zigzags conjure up! These are the vermilion zigzag edges of the pagoda associated with Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Anyone complaining about August heat in New England just needs to head for Japan in the summer. The very definition of HOT! … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CONTAINERS, 3

What, after all, is a shop window but a giant container filled with merchandise that the shopkeeper hopes to sell to you? Here on display are splendid cast-iron teapots from Japan, part of a large selection offered at Teavanna, along with teas of every … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: COLOR

The greens of nature can be meltingly tender, as the first buds of spring: or they can be gobsmackingly bright, as rice fields in full panoply: Ireland is the Land of a Thousand Greens (as well as a Thousand Welcomes), … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LOST IN THE DETAILS (2)

Lost in the details, layer upon layer, here are some Japanese teapots at the Teavanna store in our Holyoke Mall: and here are the teapots, even more intricately layered, with some reflections thrown in: We’re taking a DVD class on … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: UNIQUE

Many emotions mingle in this photo — Delight at having captured the essence of something I loved, nostalgia for a place I love and probably will never visit again, sorrow because this unique “bonsai” tree (which was actually lifesize, that … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR (2)

A photograph loosely inspired by the Japanese concept of shakkei, a “borrowed view”: A “borrowed view” incorporates the far distant, which belongs to something or someone else, into the near view which “belongs” to the borrower, as, a distant mountain utilized … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR

Famed minimalist Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed this entrance to his new Stone Center at Williamstown’s Clark Art Institute: Ando had no formal training as an architect; his vision is purely his own. But it is surely influenced heavily by … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PURPLE

So, in this tangle of footwear at the entrance to our house, à la Japonaise, which are the shoes you notice first? Got it in one, of course. The purple Crocs! Purple is a color with ATTITUDE. Just like what … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ARRANGED (4)

I am sure that my Earl Grey would taste even better if I brewed it in this marvelous blue tea pot from Teavana, and sipped it slowly from one of the accompanying blue teacups. Because tea is not simply a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ARRANGED (1)

What an abundance to choose from on this challenge! I’ll be playing with it all week — But I’m hungry right now, so I’ll begin with this bento box (itself offering plenty to choose from) — before I disarranged it! … Continue reading

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