Category Archives: This & That

Beginners and Beginnings

Last week I downloaded Microsoft’s Translator to my phone. Now I can  photograph, keyboard or speak into the phone and get an instant English to Japanese or Japanese to English translation. Someone with whom I wish to communicate can hear … Continue reading

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Tanigumi Kegonji: A Satori Experience

As part of the ongoing celebration of five years of blogging at The Way of Words, today I reprise a single story in 5 posts. These describe an  intense experience in a remote Japanese temple during a single afternoon which … Continue reading

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Sumimasen: So Sorry

So sorry. I’m overdue. I ought to have posted some time ago. Though you wouldn’t know it to look at me, I’ve been busy. What have I been up to, you ask. Answer: Binge-watching Netflix. Uh-oh, you say. Winter sloth. … Continue reading

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An Unforgettable Christmas

That year snow began falling during the Christmas Eve service. Afterwards, groups of men worked to shove each car through the nearly 12 inches of heavy white stuff. Fortunately a snow plow had passed along the Island Highway while we … Continue reading

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Ho! Ho! Ho! & Happy Humbug!

Greater Victoria, my new home-city, goes all out during the Christmas season. The Legislature Buildings, Government House, Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, as well as numerous local establishments light up. Carolers wander the downtown streets and musicians perform in various plazas.  … Continue reading

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Why Japan?

People often ask me: Why Japan? How do you explain falling in love? Continue reading

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A Word for Leonard Cohen

There’s a blaze of light / In every word… Continue reading

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Tourist or Traveler: Which are You?

Are you a tourist or traveler? Does the distinction matter? Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary: Five years at the Way of Words

To celebrate this significant anniversary (and some 215 blog posts) I will sift through the archive and reprise some of my favourites. Continue reading

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Nai tokoro: the not state or place

At the moment I have moved to the place of no words. Although that creates a void, a retreat into this period of silence also feels right. Continue reading

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