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Palliativity 124: Swords and Peace

Posted on May 4, 2011


It was only last week that my partner and I were discussing why the swords that hang in our bedroom have the handles on the right. In times of war, Japanese swords are displayed so that the samurai could reach up with his right hand and draw the blade at any moment.

The swords, an amalgam of history and steel, have hung over my bed this way since 9/11.

Just a few days ago I asked myself, what would it take for me to reverse the swords? It was so easy to turn them the last time, ten years ago. I hesitate to flip them back; to fight entropy, chaos and human nature and reframe my world.

"Breaking news - Osama bin Laden is dead…"


Only days after Hiroshima, America celebrated victory over the Axis and cheered in the streets. Ticker tape poured from office windows like so many tweets. And yet the war of the atom was only beginning…

I've turned the swords now, on the day that would have been my Grandmother's 90th birthday.

I'd rather sleep under the symbol of peace, determined to make it last as long as it can.

It's not the death of one man.

It's believing in the future.

It's being brave enough to hope.


Beyond the Sea

Posted on April 18, 2011

Beyond the Sea, ©MMXI

"The men all played along to marching drums,

And boy did they have fun, behind the sea.

They sang, 'So our matching legs are marching clocks.'

And we're all too small to talk to God."

- Panic! at the Disco -


dragon rising

on the goh

Please donate and help rebuild.

Thank you—



Palliativity 123: Dr. Seuss

Posted on March 24, 2011

waiting for the signal from home

“ Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. ”  -Dr. Seuss


Palliativity 122: Hokusai Meltdown

Posted on March 17, 2011

Hokusai Meltdown, ©MMXI

66 years after Hiroshima and 25 years after Chernobyl:

What have we learned of ourselves?

Earth • Wind • Fire • Water • Void

«  λFalloutλ  »

The White Heron




Tsunami Internet Toolkit

Posted on March 14, 2011

Follow this link to find out how to donate, locate and support the continued efforts
to help the people of Japan in their recent national tragedy:

Ways You Can Help Earthquake And Tsunami Victims In Japan


For those in Chicago, contact the Japanese American Service Committee to make a donation or speak with English and Japanese language social-workers who can provide grief counseling for individuals and families in need:

The Japanese American Service Committee

God Speed


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Palliativity 121: The Chrysanthemum Throne

Posted on March 10, 2011

Yamamoto Farm — Rosemead, California, 1929

Chrysanthemums are the flower of the imperial seal. My family had fields of them, not that the government needed any evidence to imprison my family…

Pictured above is the homestead I'll never know— captured in a panorama before the war. I am always comforted to see my family's smiles and grand fortune in the dustbowl of American life. Though the Depression was a time most Americans would rather forget, my family was living their American Dream.

The homestead

The American Dream









The Golden Age of a life interrupted.

Imperial Seal