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A Tribute to Autumn

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

The following video is a photo montage of my favorite season – Autumn. The photos were taken over several years and come from four different countries: Japan, America, Germany, and the UK. I put in various quotes and poems about the Autumn season from various poets from different times and countries.

Zen Priest Playing Shakuhachi Flute

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Zen Priest Playing Shakuhachi

Chance Encounter with Zen Priest

Komuso were Zen Buddhist Priests who used to travel about playing the Shakuhachi (Japanese Flute) for meditation and alms. Komuso means “Priest of Nothingness.”

I encountered this Komuso while I was in Nagoya. Komuso ceased to exist from the late 19th Century onwards.

The titles are bits of Zen sayings from samurai and Zen Masters. The subtitles tell the tale of the Komuso and their ultimate fate.

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Samurai Dave vs the Juhyo: Japanese Monster Trees of Mt. Zao!!!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Here I face off against the deadly Juhyo - Japanese Monster trees of Mt. Zao - and live to tell the tale! Juhyo trees are created by snow and ice mixed together by freezing strong Siberian winds that turns them into ... [Continue reading this entry]