Kyoto Jazz Massive Turns 20

Kyoto Jazz Massive Turns 20

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. –Charles Mingus Kyoto Jazz Massive on a Blue Note Mission by Beard Radio on Mixcloud In order to define the new album Mission by Kyoto Jazz Sextet (Blue Note Japan, 2015), and the renaissance of Crossover Jazz in Japan one needs to step […]

Bridging Science and Photography in Madagascar

Bridging Science and Photography in Madagascar

What is race? How does it work? For example, what does humanity’s racist tendencies of the past have to do with current economic world order? Ethnology assumes that race and racism are extremely powerful social and cultural forces at work everywhere in the world. And that we, as humans, seek lessons for generalizing about modern […]

Hitchhiking Japan – Hitting the Tokaido Road

Hitchhiking Japan – Hitting the Road

It has to be said that spring is one of the best times to travel in Japan. April and May when the trees are in bloom and the weather is fine, hitting the road is like a dream come true. Setting out on a trip, everyone has high hopes for what will come. Why else […]

Life and Death on Mount Everest

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“…the highest of mountains is capable of severity, a severity so awful sand so fatal that the wiser sort of men do well to think and tremble even on the threshhold of their high endeavor.” — George Mallory No matter how immovable the many mountains may seem, the recent earthquakes in Nepal have illuminated to […]

Watts Towers – Nuestro Pueblo

The Spires of Watts Towers

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.                                        — John Augustus Shedd (1859 – ?), Salt from My Attic (1928) Cities, more and more, represent waste, inefficiency and indentured […]

Beneath the Surface – What Is In The Water at Seaworld?

Two killer whales off the south side of Unimak Island, eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska By Robert Pittman via Wikimedia Commons

Beneath the Surface The question needs to be asked, what do retired whale trainers do? Especially once they have skewered the private industry whence they came. Write about it. Such is the case of fourteen year veteran Orca trainer John Hargrove who, in the course of working with 20 different whales on two continents and […]

Johnny Cash – Man In Black

Johnny Cash - Man In Black

The Beard – EP 9 – Man In Black by Beard Radio on Mixcloud “Folsom Prison Blues” Johnny Cash “I Walk The Line” Johnny Cash “When It’s Springtime In Alaska” Johnny Cash “Girl From the North County” Bob Dylan “Highwayman” The Highwaymen “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Kris Kristofferson “Why me Lord?” Ray Charles “I Hung […]

Ginkaku-ji – The Silver Pavilion Born from the Ashes of War

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Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) has so many names it’s best to keep it simple. Translated as Temple of the Silver Pavilion, it makes more sense once you know its official name: Jishō-ji (慈照寺) or the Temple of Shining Mercy. Because for one, where’s this so-called silver pavilion? you may wonder to yourself as you stroll through the […]

Lazy Bread Recipe

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Here’s you: It’s Saturday or Sunday, Monday maybe even, you don’t know, but you’re hungry. Not that idiotic snickers I must have instant satisfaction now! kinda hungry, but some kind you haven’t felt for a long time. What the hell, eat some almonds, be done with it, move on. No nuts, no chocolate, not even […]

I Nuovi Antipasti Italiani

Fresh Bruschetta Is What You Make Of IT

Winter Strawberries. Tomatoes in Spring. Summer Sanma. Persimmons in Fall. Season is everything. And seasonal cooking is big, especially in Japan, where when any kind of produce stops occurring naturally, the hothouse prices set in and flavor takes a dive. So after a slow(er) then usual Friday night, an early Saturday rise to make the […]