Sasquatch Sighting

Sasquatch sighting at Nine Mile Falls.

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A Visit With an Old Friend

Curtis W. Hanson in his studio, Cornubia Hall

Following my trip to Gasshuku and my sandan promotion exam I spent two days visiting with my old friend, the painter Curtis Hanson and his wife Onwarin. It was an excellent visit, very relaxing. Curt has made a name and a life for himself in the small, scattered communities of the Connecticut greenbelt, and currently divides his time there with extended visits to Thailand, Onwarin’s native home. His work reflects his split loyalties, with half of the paintings depicting the lush grounds of his Cornubia Hollow home, and half showing the monks, fishing boats and markets of Thailand. (more…)

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Gasshuku, Sandan Promotion

Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center, Esopus, New York

I’ve recently returned from a weekend on the East Coast. The occasion for my travel was the Annual World Seido Karate Gasshuku, held at the Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus New York. It was also the site of a special promotion for out of town black belt candidates. I was traveling with my instructor, Jun Shihan Tom Tanaka, and two other candidates for shodan (first degree black belt) promotion, Becca Taylor and Jack Foy. I was promoting to sandan, or third degree black belt.

We took the redeye from Seattle to Newark, rented a car and drove the two hours to Esopus. Upon arriving at the center we had a brief orientation, followed by a long workout. The promotion candidates were then separated out for about three hours of formal testing, followed by an hour plus of non-stop kumite. The kumite was very lively, and I fought both promotion candidates and other black belts that were there to assist with exams. As if on cue, for the last and longest fight the sky opened up and it poured rain and thunder on everyone. (more…)

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Japan 2002

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In 2002 I took a trip to Tokyo, to participate in an international karate tournament sponsored by the Tokyo Branch of the World Seido Karate Organization. It was an incredible experience, and one that I still continue to savor. Among the events that the sponsors arranged for the visiting karateka was a bus tour of Tokyo. One of the stops along the bus tour was the Temple at Asakusa, pictured here. After the tournament I took a bullet train to Shinfuji with a friend, hired a cab, and rode around looking for views of Mt. Fuji to photograph. These incidental photographs still bring back very fond memories for me.

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Paris in the Spring

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In the Spring of 2000 I went to Paris for a little over two weeks. I spent a few days in New York, both coming and going, checking into Seido Karate Honbu for some training. My friends Sue and John Perry were staying in Paris, and they had found a comfortable room for me in the 9th Arrondissement, for only $28 per night with its own facilities. It was called Hotel du Marche, and had a quaint cafe in the courtyard with two or three tables. I spent most of my time in Paris wandering the streets, visiting museums, eating fabulous food and going on at least one crazy tour around the Champs-Élysées. I also visited Mimi, the sister of former painting student Cynthia Edmonds. Mimi took me to many of the art galleries on Rue Bonaparte and elsewhere. We climbed Notre Dame Cathedral, and spent many many hours at the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. These photos were taken during that trip, a small group culled from over a thousand images.

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