Two years of making pottery in Japan

I think hobbies can bring sanity to your life.

They take your mind away from your problems. They give you a space for yourself away from work and family.

They give you a sense of progress because you become better on doing them.

Hobbies can bring your spirit out of sadness and loneliness. They can help you build a community and make friends.

Hobbies, I think, are as important as one’s job.

Here is the result of 2 years of my primary hobby in Japan: Pottery.

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Zen

Greeting of the house to you

The house has been here for you since 1996
You have arrived at this house.
You are at home at this place
where the mountain of peace and compassion stands (DAIHIZAN)
and where the Vihara place of peace of the universal all-encompassing gate is (FUMONJI).

DAIHIZAN FUMONJI wants to be the manifestation
of the boundless love and compassion
of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
This is wonderful, and the most amazing thing is,
that YOU are here, together with all of us,
on this mountain, in this place,
where all are embraced by boundless love.

You are Whole. You are Love.
Manifest this essence within you,
for yourself, for all,
in this moment of the eternity of your life!
You have arrived in this place,
you are at home in this house
in peace, in joy,
in eternity.

Gassho
Fumon S. Nakagawa, Mai 2000

Zen Centre Eisenbuch

monastery DAIHIZAN FUMONJI

Thank you, Nature!

In April, my husband and I went to the bamboo forest of the university to dig out takenoko, bamboo shoots, in English.

We dig out many, big and smalls.

And we ate them all! 😋