Tomodachi

Tomodachi in Japanese means friend, people whom you can sit down with and share a private world. “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ― Albert Camus

Those Not Forgotten

On the grounds of Hase-dera, a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, one will find scores of tiny smiling Jizō statues lined up neatly. Jizō, or Ojizō-sama as he is also known, is a well-loved Japanese deity regarded as the guardian protector of children, especially those who pass before their parents. Grieving parents sometimes dress up the …

The Remains of the Day

Twilight begins to give way to full dark at Lower Peirce Reservoir. Evening, as Mr. Ishiguro’s Steven says, is the best part of the day. “What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that …

Forest Fantasia

Stepping into La Sagrada Familia is like entering an enchanted forest out of a child’s wildest imagination. The tall pink and grey columns that end in branch-like struts, starbursts amok across the impossibly tall ceiling, flashes of color that stream through the sunlit stained glass window – this church in Barcelona is like none I …