A Thing of Beauty

Talisay City, Negros Occidental, the Philippines

December 29, 2009

A thing of beauty is a joy forever / Its loveliness increases; it will never / Pass into nothingness; but still will keep / A bower quiet for us, and a sleep…

These verses by John Keats came to mind when I beheld what was simply called The Ruins.

The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental

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Middle Japan

Shiga Prefecture / Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

June 24 – 25 and 28 -30, 2009

This is the last entry in my Japan 2009 series. I’ve mostly written about historical landmarks and megapolises I visited. All were amazingly memorable experiences; however, they merely touched on extreme points on the Japanese continuum: its rich historical heritage and its modern urban present. I felt there was a missing link between these polar opposites, and on my last day I realized the bridge for this gap was right under my nose.

Tunneling Through Shiga Prefecture

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