Enjoying your holidays? Looking forward to a newer, and hopefully better year?
It is the last day of the year in Japan and we are watching Kohaku, the end of year music extravanganza that has been going for like 65 years. Soon we will ring in the new year literally, heading over to our local temple at midnight to ring the bell. We only have a few days left in Japan before we head back to the snowy, frozen wastelands of Canada, when life returns to normal. This is my final newsletter of the year.
Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you have a wonderful 2017.
Chad & Family
Best of 2016
The final roundup of a tumultuous year.
Japan travel roundup
Quick overview of a few places we visited around Kyoto, featuring dragons, helicarriers, soviet labour camps.
Quarterly review: FY16Q4
Some graphic novel recommendations.
Mental Flexibility: My first Zen experience
What it is like to go to a meditation session with a famous monk in Kyoto.
Went to one of the most important temple complexes in Kyoto: Daitoku-ji. Pix with explanations →
Tonight I took the final tea ceremony of the year with my long-time friend Soei-sensei. Pix with explanations →