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if there was…

…just one picture to sum up the last two days of my trip to Japan… it would be this one below.


yeah… you really don’t want to ask.


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Making Friends… Again

Have you heard the one about the fish and the monkey?


“So there we were, Tiberius and I, my loyal old and tattered droog, along the waterside of Himeji Castle, waiting for the otterknocks and the feizlesnaps,  oh my brothers, down the street from the Korova milkbar.”


“Picture taking were we two, full of loveths and newbies wilt, for watch the other with eye open on we.”


“When thost a creature made know its presence and henceforth rubled the antiseen for Tiberius.”


“what is that in the distance….?”


“A nozh scrap anytime you say” … hahaha… okay I am done writing in A Clockwork Orange style.

Short story long… Tiberius and I made a new cute little friend.

Well… we made a lot of 可愛い (kawaii) little friends, didn’t we buddy 😉







What just another amazing day on our travels!



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a Flying Monkey?


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Kisses of Kyoto | part III


the following is the most peaceful piece of art I recorded on my entire trip, in any medium.

listening, you could never understand the remarkable beauty that went along with this chorus.

turn the volume up… and listen.

the beautiful whispers



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Tiberius @ the MoMAT

The Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

It is so very strange to be surrounded by ‘Modern Art’… especially with calling myself a pretty seasoned artist, having gone to school for the Arts, and as a long standing member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA)… and not recognizing but 3 names on the walls; actually sad would be the correct word to use. I should know better, I should have realized that outside of the academic world such an obvious truth could be easily overlooked. I was astounded to have to come to the realization, again, that my art preferences and biases are born of the society, or even the pedigree of society, that I have been raised in all this time. There are many instances on this trip where I have felt such awe… have been so reminded of my own personal view of the world, and how inclusive it has been… but this perspective was surprising, as I would never have thought I was so blind to my ignorance.

(yet another reason why everyone should travel!)

In this Museum, Tiberius and I were memorized at times, emotional at times… moved beyond words or expression at times.



Our favorite piece… hands down. It encapsulates so much of the ‘modern’ Japanese experience. The display room was magnificent, the thought behind the floor placement was enlightening, and the overall work beautiful and moving.

And that goes for saying about the entire gallery. The colors of the walls, the colors of the floors, the lighting, the placement…. everything that could have been a choice was made as intently, but with a different outcome. The Modern Art Museums in the States all look the same in this regard; lit the same, hung the same, collections of the same artists… all displayed using the same methodologies us Westerners find aesthetically pleasing.

The Japanese have a different aesthetic… and it is obvious in the work displayed, and in the space they choose to display it.

(and side note: not even 1 Warhol….? not one minimalist either….? I know I am biased… but that seems like it should be standard. I mean, they had a Calder, but not a Warhol?!)


Tiberius has always been fascinated by Picasso and his work. (see, they had a Picasso) That a man, classically trained and markedly a genius with skill, choose to paint the world in such a way as Tiberius can feel connected… well as a monkey, he just doesn’t understand. He loves the work, just finds it funny the way humans are painted “all funny” he says.

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? ” -Pablo Picasso

Maybe that says something about my little travel buddy, or maybe it says something about the company I choose to keep… along with the type of the intellectual stimulation I crave.

Even if it is only a travel monkey to debate with.

Sophistry at its finest.


Tiberius was a Samurai in his previous life. Of this there is no doubt.



You needed 3-d glasses for this piece… but it was so awesome. We sat here for quite a while.



For those of you who do not know, Tiberius is hyper-sensitive for any war imagery. There were a few pieces in the collection he had an emotional response to. This above piece was one of them, very moving for him.


The below piece Tiberius didn’t even want to look at. We were both very sad. It effected us in a way we could not have imagined, remembering that day. Were I was, my need to protect my daughter and the Merma kicking into high gear.

Lost moments, and silver linings.

Yet another reason to be thankful. No man or woman from that day will be forgotten.





If you cant see it, she (in the picture) is riding a rubber duckie. Reminds me of a night long ago, out on the Playa during the Burning )'( Man festival… now that was one amazing night! Tiberius and I are very glad pictures and video do not exist from that trip. Much like the playa dust… those memories are better left to the winds  🙂


oh Tiberius, of course I would find you here…

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Tokyo Disney Sea | part 2


Part 2 of 2

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Snaps @ Disney | part I

oh that Tiberius Augustus, he just never knows when to quit.

here he is on Space Mountain…



and here is his video…

Space Mountain Tiberius Tokyo YouTube Video

Space Mountain Tutorial (in Japanese)


and here he is on Tower of Terror. (over there on the right… his arms are up too!)


Third Tower of Terror, now ridden on three continents. (California and Florida, Paris, Tokyo)

Don’t even get me started about the people in the rest of the picture 🙂

and here is his video…

Tiberius of Terror YouTube Video

and here is our view from Thunder Mountain…


and here is everyone else view… (hehe)

Tiberius Thunder Mountain YouTube Video

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Kisses of Kyoto | part II

quick note: Kisses of Kyoto will be a many part series... there is just too much good stuff. In the upcoming week I will be posting about: Arashiyama, Many Temples and Shines, The Philosophers Path, and more...


Arashiyama is the most magical of places…


It is hard not to feel a spirit so much greater than yourself… while nestled among the bamboo trees… feeling the weight of their presence stretching below you, next to you, above you… breathing in, symbiotically in tuned to the others purpose; silence.

It reminds me of a Buddhist parable I kept closely in my mind as I wandered Japan (paraphrased):

If you sit next to a tree

there is no stopping

your silence

and the trees silence

from becoming the same silence.


Inspirational to find such awe in the world around me.

I am a blessed man, and Tiberius, one blessed monkey.



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Disney Tokyo Sea



part 1 of 2

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Kisses of Kyoto | part I


A week out of Japan and I return to the world of ‘the normal’. it is strange how quickly one can get used to the feeling of being part of something so much bigger than  yourself… and how quickly the death of routine can seep back into your soul.


Equilibrium | complacency | the good enough | the easy | the usual…. all names of the same, a certain sort of ‘giving-up’, a certain amount of surrender, and not the good kind…



And so I sit here and think back to my time in Kyoto… oh the Beautiful is on display in this timeless slice of heaven. Never have I before felt so close to the Earth, so part of this living being I exist upon, living symbiotically… heartbeat for heartbeat.


But more about that later… let’s first start with pictures.