Having birthday at the beginning of July is kind of nice. It is around the halfway point of the year, so it forces me to look back and  reflect on the first half of the year. So, how was my…

Aleph

Aleph is based on Coelho’s travel on Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. The story can be read as travel story, obviously, but you would be disappointed if you expect traditional travel book. The real theme seems to be reincarnation…

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne

I’ve heard his name once in Eric Hoffer book. Didn’t think much back then, and honestly I had forgotten about him for long time. One day I saw this book on sale, and picked it up without much thinking. Title…

The $100 Startup

The new reality is that working at a job may be the far riskier choice. Instead, take the safe road and go out on your own. – Chris Guillebeau A bold statement! But reading this book will make it sound…

Siddhartha: Classical Spiritual Journey

Siddhartha is a story of a young man who gave up earthly life to seek spiritual truth. (From this description, I naively thought this was Hesse’s version of Buddha’s life story.) There must be hundreds of modern version of similar…

Just like that, 2011 is (almost) gone. 2011 was a big year for everyone…   Obvious Stuff 3/11. It was devastating, to say the least. Safe to say we all reminded ourselves (not only Japanese, but everyone who saw those…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This was a tough book. It started easy, and I almost thought it was another easy travel book with SOME philosophical inquiries. Then, philosophy took it over. Completely… I had to read slowly, take break often for some contemplation, and be…

I have created separate travel blogs, both in English and Japanese. Japanese blog is my travel diary, originally created for my family to catch up. English blog hasn’t been written much, but it will be similar to this blog, but…

My wife and I are maintaining Facebook page, where we post our pictures on the road. I know not everybody use Facebook, and I am really not Facebook type of person, but the page is open for public. So, I…

Humans are...

-Humans- Humans can fall, but humans can achieve enlightenment too. Humans exist in between. Humans live between hell and Buddha, between people, and between life and death. That is why we call us human*.   *Japanese characters for human, “人間”…