Category Archives: Nature

Japanese garden path

Anyone who has enjoyed Japanese gardens will have noticed how carefully the pathways are planned.  As you walk, the paths slow you down and make you pause to enjoy a view.   A garden curator from Portland’s Japanese Garden describes … Continue reading

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Yushien, a Japanese Friendship Garden

On Amherst College campus is a Japanese garden. The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked Yūshien Garden one of the top Japanese gardens in the nation. Opened in 2001, Yūshien is a contemplative garden.  The $250,000 garden was designed by Shinichiro … Continue reading

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Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was a gift to the people of New South Wales, Australia from its Chinese sister province, Guangdong. I fell deeply in love with this garden, which I visited with my grandmother.

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Korean Monochromatic Painting – Dansaekhwa

Dansaekhwa is Korean “monochrome painting”. The abstract paintings were inspired by Korea’s political, social and cultural situations in postwar years.

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Raccoon Dog 너구리 Noguri

Raccoon Dogs can be found throughout much of Japan, Korea, China and Siberia.  My farmer friend told me that water deer  and raccoon dogs are a headache because they eat the sweet potato leaves, corn, young radish leaves and sorghum.  Raccoon dogs … Continue reading

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Poem: I make my home in the mountains

I Make My Home in the Mountains            Li Po You ask why I live alone in the mountain forest and I smile and am silent until even my soul grows quiet It lives in the other world one that … Continue reading

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Zen Poem by Master Seung Sahn

Poetry can be a way to teach.  Here is one poem from Bone of Space: Zen Poems by Master Seung Sahn. Autumn leaves fall in the cold wind. Is there right or wrong in this? Here is a scripture not made … Continue reading

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New England Peace Pagoda

The New England Peace Pagoda is a peace pagoda located in Leverett, Massachusetts. The structure was built under the guidance of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monks. This order was founded by Nichidatsu Fujii, who was deeply affected by the bombing of … Continue reading

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Namhansanseong Fortress (남한산성)

Namhansan Mountain, located 24 km Southeast from Seoul, is famous for being very beautiful all throughout the year. In the spring, the acacia trees grow thick, in the summer the green forest covers the entire mountain, and in the fall, many … Continue reading

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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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Rainwater Harvesting in South Korea

A monsoon climate can deliver a year’s worth of rain in three months in South Korea. With monsoon and drought conditions in quick succession, South Korea has learned the hard way to fully harvest rainwater. Read more about in the … Continue reading

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Temple Stay in South Korea

Chulmoon sent me some information about temple stays in South Korea.   부석사(浮石寺) 템플스테  

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Name Seal

I have always been curious about name seals.  You can see them used on official documents or as signatures on paintings. Check out the video Creating Korean Artist Name Seal in Chinese Seal Script. You can order your own soapstone … Continue reading

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Until I started learning a language last March, I never owned a smartphone.  I was very unplugged from technology.  I didn’t take selfies, tweet, blog, Skype, email, text message. Now, rarely a day goes by without using my smartphone.  I … Continue reading

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Jiri Mountain

My soul longs to hike Jiri National Park.  See here for interesting article. My language exchange partner is going there, and I am so jealous.

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