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Surfers and Farmers By Mitsu Kume

HIGH TIDE Mitsu Kume Surfers and Farmers “Only surfers enjoy a typhoon.” When a bunch of surfers get together, they like to talk things such as their ability to sense the coming a typhoon before everyone else, or about when the s...

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A rising tide always follows an ebbing one… By Mitsuharu Kume

Sage shio no tsugi wa, age shio ja… A rising tide always follows an ebbing one… During the always-too-short summer holidays, my parents would take us swimming and sunning on the seemingly endless sand beaches of Kujikuri in Chiba. Th...

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A Sea of Clouds By Mitsuharu Kume

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} “You’re a fool if you don’t climb Mt. Fuji once, but an even greater fool if you climb it more than once.” To rephrase this famous quote, anyone...

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The Inevitable Chance of Being By Mitsuharu Kume

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} The silence is broken by the sound of the shutter, reminding me why I love taking photos, especially in natural light. Sun rays splash across the waves and ...

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The Bathhouse Rules By Mitsuharu Kume

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} Slip into the hot water. Rest your head on the edge of the tub and stare at the ceiling. “Ahhh…” all that tension is released. Japanese peopl...

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Treasure Island (Takara-jima) By 

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial} A pleasantly cool breeze, the sound of transparent water flowing by, outside the strong rays of a hot sun beat down. Moving further and further back into a lime...

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Small Things in Big Places By Mitsuharu Kume

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial} Umi wa hiroi na, ookina, tsuki wa noboroshi, hi wa shizumu—“The ocean is wide and big; the moon rises, the sun falls.” Every Japanese kno...

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Kuroshio By Mitsuharu Kume

HIGH TIDE There is a 100-kilometer-wide road. Did you know about this road? It would be impossible on land, so, we’re talking about a road in the ocean. It’s known as the Kuroshio, or Black Current, and it flows from the South China ...

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Protecting Mother By Mitsuharu Kume

 Protecting Mother   What will I buy for Mother's Day? I was thinking about this a while ago as I was walking down the street. Then I saw a poster announcing the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth. I'm not a passionate Christia...

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Space from the Sea By Mitsuharu Kume

Space is represented below the water’s surface in many ways. When you strap on your air tank and dive in, there’s a feeling in the endless blue of “zero gravity” similar to space. The dark depths of the sea are light years clos...

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Empty Nets By Mitsuharu Kume

“Oi, let out the rope more!” “Reel in the nets!” The star-filled navy blue sky begins to whiten with daylight, and before long the clouds start to turn a shade of peach. As daybreak’s performance unfolds, a flurry of...

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Tsukiji Market By Mitsuharu Kume

Tsukiji Market I live on an island in southern Japan with a population of about 30,000. The longer I stay, the greater the shock when I visit Tokyo – particularly the sheer amount of people everywhere. Enveloped in this sea of humanity, and c...

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Promises By Mitsuharu Kume

Recently I repeatedly heard the word “congratulations.” Although I was not receiving those heartfelt greetings directly, I was touched all the same. People often say, “Praising people makes them grow.” I suggest, “Hear...

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Lasting Impressions By Mitsuharu Kume

The day I decided to go, I exited the station and walked down the road alongside the tracks. Just past a yakitori-ya was a tonkatsu restaurant and a across the street from there was the sign for my destination. I walked in the building and entered a...