静か

This gallery was originally titled, “Nature”, then I added and subtracted some photos.  It became “Simplicity.”  Then “Simple”.  But that’s not really what I was trying to convey.  The Japanese word “Shizuka” (“quiet” or “stillness”), written in kanji as  “静か” better expresses this gallery’s theme.  If you enjoy this gallery, then I invite you to visit “Shapes & Shadows,”and other galleries here.  Check up and down the Front Page, enjoy the (autobiographic) Stories . . .

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Door, wall. Okazaki. Kyoto. 2008.

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Kurama. Autumn. 2003.

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Noren.  Gion.  2008.

Noren. Gion. 2008.

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Ginkaku-ji — the Temple of the Silver Pavilion — Kyoto. May 2010.

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Ueno Park Restaurant in the Rain. April 2008.

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Ahn.  "Safe"...   Marutamachi Road.  Kyoto.  2007.

Ahn. “Safe”… Marutamachi Road. Kyoto. 2007.

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Garden.  Ryoanji Temple.  2008.  - note:  same as on "About" page -

Garden. Ryoanji Temple. 2008. – note: same as on “About” page -

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Focus.  Chiyoda Restaurant.  Tokyo.  2007.

Focus. Chiyoda Restaurant. Tokyo. 2007.

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Kurama. 2004.

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Woman chatting with friend. Gion District. Kyoto. 2010.

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Heron by the Shirakawa River. Kyoto. 2010.

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Along Tetsugaku no Michi — Philosopher’s Path. Kyoto. May 2010.

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Mt. Fuji Discovered in Kyoto. Entrance to Kurodani-dera. Kyoto. 2007.

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Father & Son.  Hibiya Park.  Tokyo.  2007.

Father & Son. Hibiya Park. Tokyo. 2007.

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Middle School Student.  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. 2008.

Middle School Student. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. 2008.

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At Kurodanidera. 2008.

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  1. The photo of the student looking over the devastation of Hiroshima I’d seen at your exhibit. The contrast is moving, and today even moreso were the seated young women of Hiroshima all making peace signs.

    In Henry James’s story “Owen Wingrave,” a young man from a long line of military leaders refuses to go to military school; he tells his old tutor that he believes that any national leader who gets his country into a war should be executed–regardless of who is at fault. How many innocent millions’ lives would have been saved if all nations had such a law?

    • letsjapan
    • July 18th, 2009

    Thank you, Mary Jane. It was kind of a transcendent thing. Would that everyone be able to be there, once in there life.

    R

    • writechic
    • June 20th, 2010

    Love the father/son shot. :-)

      • letsjapan
      • June 20th, 2010

      Good for today (Sunday, 20 June – Father’s Day) . . .

      Thank you.

      R.

  2. Great photos! I really enjoyed looking at them.
    Sheila

      • letsjapan
      • February 13th, 2011

      Thank you, Sheila. I enjoyed making them and, even more, sharing them.

      Richard

  3. Brilliant photos, Richard. I’ll be tweeting this blog post, too!

      • letsjapan
      • March 6th, 2011

      Thanks so much, on both counts, Saul. I just want to either invoke a bit of “natsukashii” for those who currently live, or have lived, in Japan; or, for those who’ve not yet been, to bring to them some of the Feelings-through-Images that I have when I’m there.

      Difficult to explain, but you certainly know what I mean.

      Thanks and regards,

      R.

  4. Richard, just interested. Why do you choose a seal as your logo?

      • letsjapan
      • August 30th, 2011

      Dion,

      Thanks for your question. That seal is very personal for me. If you can read it, you would know why. I will tell you one thing
      about it: it’s been with me for over 20 years.

      Kind regards to you and I look forward to seeing you around, and to reading your comments,

      R.

  1. December 1st, 2009

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