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In Japan: Fat Gaijin (Me!) Races 500 Junior High Students

Morioka, Japan. l thought was going to die.   My legs were numb, my lungs were bursting; l expected at any moment to succumb to heart attack.   In self-pity, looked back at how easy my life had been only ten minutes before.   Then, pacing cockily to and fro along the starting line, I had displayed my […]

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Notes from Japan: Hitchhiking Thru the Storm to Hokkaido

Iwate Province, Japan. Hitchhiking in Japan can be an adventure; with two companions and three backpacks in pouring rain it is that and much more.   Leaving the village of Tanohata under gloomy skies, two other students and l began hitchhiking north.   Our destination: Sapporo. We had hoped to make it to the northern tip of […]

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Notes from Japan: Shinomori – Woods Meditation

Iwate Province, Japan. To those Americans who have experienced Shinomori, it is much more than a foreign sounding word.   It is the memories of the distant ocean as seen from the mountains, the smell of freshly cut brush, the satisfied feeling of achieved cross-cultural community. Working with the Waseda University Buddhist Association “Shinomori.” Shinomori, to […]

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Notes from Japan: A Rural Village in Iwate Province

Tanohata, Japan. If you have a map of Japan, chances are that Tanohata-mura is not on it. Tanohata is not on many maps. Lying northeast of Morioka, the capital of lwate Province, Tanohata hugs the coast of the Pacific and travels up the cliffs that overlook it.   Similar to Columbus, Ohio in latitude, the village […]

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Remembering My Earth Creed, 1975

Definace, Ohio. I am of two worlds; brother to the everlasting Earth and brother to my own people.   I believe in no Gods other than the nature of the Earth and the Goodness of People.   I believe that what is right occurs only in accordance with the Nature of Goodness. I believe that our Earth […]

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