Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gold Rush ゴールドラッシュ

May I brag about my gold collection a little? Yes, gold is my weakness..., especially the Indian yellow gold! I have no interests in expensive bags, cars, clothing or anything, but gold and Buddha statues are my sweet spots :) When I was a child I thought that gold looked so vulgar and until my early thirties I only wore silver. Then, I went to India. That was the only beginning of my painful gold obsession. I felt in love with their breathtaking 22k, 23k and 24k gold jewelry! The photo above is a part of my humble collection (yap, I have more!) Some of them used to belong to my grandmother who also used to love beautiful jewelry :) My mother who has absolutely no interests in jewelry gave me all. Lucky me!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Buddhas in New York! ニューヨークのブッダ

I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday and spent a few hours at the Asian Section as usual. This small "red room" is my favorite spot at the entire Met - it is usually very quiet and not many people are there. There is a bench you can sit on... I often sit there and stare at those stunning statues and meditate. "God, I love New York!" That is how I feel when I am surrounded by those amazing treasures from the Himalayas.


"The Potala Exhibition" has been taking place in Tokyo despite our world-wide protest against it.
It has been organized by the Chinese government and they are making lots of money out of the Tibetan treasures that they stole from the Tibetans. As a Buddha statue collector myself I wanted to see the Buddha statues that once belonged to the Tibetan people, but I absolutely refuse to visit the exhibition. As you can see there are many wonderful Buddhas in New York!


This last photo is a Jain statue. It looks like Buddha, but it is not. Jainism is fascinating. Their religion focus on compassion and I have seen Jain practitioners in India walking around wearing a mask over their mouth - they are trying to avoid killing any living sentient beings. There are many religions in the world..., but they all promote one thing: love & compassion. We got to stop killing each other.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Titanic Santa タイタニック・サンタ?

I visited this lovely town, Olympia (near Seattle) for several days. As a typical winter weather in the Northwest it should have been raining, but the weather was sunny and gorgeous! There was this beautiful harbor in front of our hotel and many boats had cute Christmas decorations. This photo is my favorite "DiCaprio Santa." The town of Olympia was funky, arty, corky and charming. It was a lot like Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. Needless to say that I had the best coffee there!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wally is gone... 遠くへ行ってしまったウオリー

Chai's best friend, Wally has moved to New Jersey... I have not told Chai this sad news yet so Chai is thinking that we will run into Wally very soon. This lovely photo of Wally and Chai was taken by Wally's parents. You can see how much Chai loves Wally! Every time I say the word "Wally" Chai jumps up and runs towards the entrance door thinking that Wally is coming over. I am very sad, too that Wally and his parents are gone. Well, Chai, your birthday is coming... if you a good boy we will take you to see your fluffy best friend!

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