Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year!

While 2011 was not a bad year; all things considered, we are looking forward to a much better 2012. We had our two daughters visiting us during the past 12 days, and left to return to the US yesterday evening. We loved the time we spent together and will miss them terribly. Thank God for […]

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The Girls are Back in Town…Merry Christmas

We are happy to have the girls back for their second visit this year. Having them here for Christmas is fantastic and we are having some good fun together. Not much planned outside of going around Suzhou and Shanghai and some shopping (already done quite a bit of that so far). While we will not […]

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The Way of the Gods

Shinto is the indigenous spirituality of Japan; the word Shinto translates into “The Way of the Gods”. If you follow Shinto, you perform certain practices, that if followed consistently, it is believed to establish a connection between the present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto goes back to the 8th century when it was […]

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The Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple complex, the second stop in out tour of important tourist attractions in eastern Kyoto. This temple is part of the Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple complex dates back to 778, but due to fires it has undergone several reconstructions. Its present buildings date back to 1633. See pictures and commentary […]

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