Thursday, April 15, 2021

Japan Trip 2021 - Part III | 2021年日本旅 ー その3: Yasukuni Shrine Visit 靖国神社

While on our visit to Japan we visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. In all the years I lived in Tokyo and Japan (18 all told) I never visted Yasukuni. Yasukuni is the controversial shrine dedicated to the soldiers of Japan and therefore associated with the fascist nationalists that want to restore the military imperial structure of Japan from WWII.

Every year there are protests surrounding the annual visit by the Prime Minister of Japan to the shrine which large parts of the nation and Japan's neighbors have problems with - particularly those that were treated atrociously by the Japanese in WWII. South Korea is a perfect example of one such country.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Seeding Change - Vote with your wallet to save the Amazon rain forest

Last night, Elly, Arisa and I wanted Seeding Change documentary about the depletion and destruction of the Amazon and how several corporations are trying to leverage their businesses to reverse that process.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Japan Trip 2021 - Part II | 2021年日本旅 ー その2

This is my series of blog posts on Arisa and my trip to Japan in spring of 2021. The first one is here. We are here for two reasons, 1) Arisa's father's funeral and 2) to start the discussions over the will and related inheritance that stem from his death. However, since that is personal I won't be discussing that I'll just be talking about the other aspects of the trip.

In the first post I talked about the experience of arriving at Narita Airport. Once you have cleared all of that, all inbound travelers need to quarantine for 14 days. In two days I'll be half way through. At that point I'll be able to go anywhere in Japan that our little hearts desire. Right now we're basically limiting ourselves to the local area and really only for exercise or grocery shopping.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Japan Trip 2021 - Part 1 | 2021年日本旅 − その1

So as I write this blog, I am in Tokyo, Japan. My daughter's place near the Yoyogi-Uehara station. Sadly we are here for my father-in-law's funeral. We are only in our third day and we'll be here for close to a total of 30 days. For me it has been 5 or 6 years since I've been here, less for Arisa as she and Ken went two years ago. The interesting thing about this trip is that it is in the middle of the covid pandemic. So it has been quite the experience.

This post will relate some of our experience for others that are perhaps coming to Japan.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Jessica Jones and the Great MCU Villain

So my son George recently (recently is a relative term, I started this blog post back at the beginning of March)published a blog post where he posits that the villain in Jessica Jones is the only really great villain in all of the Marvel universe. I actually don't have an opinion on it as while I have seen Jessica Jones and a couple of the other MCU shows not enough to form an opinion.

What I can say is that he is a good writer and has well thought-out his point. It has been quite a while since I've read what he has written, besides the first chapter of Challenger's Chase, so it is pretty cool to see. It's kind of like he's actually an adult! lol. Seriously though it is hard not to feel a little pride to see some good writing.

Just a quick blog post to express some pride in my youngest.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

GOP is not a viable party in a healthy Democracy

The title of this blog post says it all, the GOP as it stands today is not a viable political party in a Democracy. This is not to suggest there isn't room for "conservatives" or "fiscal conservates". I will most likely disagree with them but those views are certainly welcome in a democracy. As are the views that are probably more progressive than my own. I didn't in fact register as a Democrat until last year when I felt the dissonace of the GOP with a Democracy, the importance of removing Trump from office. I will admit that over the last year I am leaning way more progressive than I was, way more certain of systemic racism and the influence of white supremacy in not only the GOP but in our military and law enforcement organizations.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

George's Youtube Channel - First three posts up

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that my son is working on a YA novel called Challenger's Chase. Related to that he is creating a series of channels on Instagram, etc., but specifically a Youtube channel talking about writing drafts. He has posted his first three vlog entries:

  1. Channel Intro
  2. What is Writing Drafts?
  3. Defining Your Reasons To Write; 11 Pros and Cons

Check it out!