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Inner Peace--Just a Bit out of Reach

Today after class PII took us to the D.T. Suzuki Museum--a small, minimalist museum that celebrates D.T. Suzuki, a famous Japanese zen philosopher who was born in Kanazawa. The museum is very VERY small--it's less of an "exhibit" type museum than a space for contemplation. There was one room that had examples of Suzuki's calligraphy, and another room that had books about zen that you could read at your leisure, but the main part of  the museum is the Water Mirror Garden.


The architect who designed the museum is actually rather famous--Yoshio Taniguchi, who redesigned the MoMA in New York.

The space was beautiful and serene...it was nice to just sit there and look at the water and think about things...until forty nine other PII students walked in:


This is definitely a solo-museum. It's a space I love--but for quiet relaxation and introspection.

After this, the class of 2.5 students and our two teachers went out to karaoke and then dinner because at the end of next week (when the first half of the program is over, oh my!) our main teacher, Tameyori-sensei, will be returning to the US. So this was a goodbye-party of sorts?


And once again it's the weekend!!

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