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Brave or stupid?

Brave or stupid?

Futatsuyama models his mamushi (pit viper) bite. Futatsuyama fears nothing. He is an unstoppable force, facing down raccoons and playing with snakes. This swollen foot is likely the first of many. A couple of days ago discovered a pair of abcessed wounds on his flank....
Rice straw

Rice straw

The cats are about to get a new winter shelter and it will be padded with the lovely wara (rice straw) from my neighbors’ organic farm. All four cats were very curious about the straw, and soon curled up on top of it for a nap. I think they will enjoy it this...
マザー牧場 (Mother Farm)

マザー牧場 (Mother Farm)

Today we took a day off from everything and went on an adventure to Mother’s Bokujo, a farm-theme attraction about a half hour north of us. It exceeded my expectations. For those who like wholesome fun, it’s a great day out. I thought it was nicely...

Happy at harvest

I didn’t take any photos today. The view from Hatanaka’s rice fields was beautiful and it always makes me happy to see the Hiratsuka valley nestled into the mountains. The images are etched in my mind: the red torii in the distance; the mined-flat top of...
Ashes to ocean

Ashes to ocean

We interred most of Mom’s ashes in a pretty pottery urn inside a vault in shared plot with Dad’s at the cemetery in Ephrata, but we took a small portion to scatter. Is it grim that we saved some of Dad’s ashes all these years, just for this moment?...