Game Show

  • Sunday, 12, 2020
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dessert Botanical Garden

Desert “bare bones” primer:

  1. less than 10 inches of rain a year
  2. sandy
  3. arid
  4. great temperature range between day and night

Which of the four types of North American deserts are found in Arizona?

  1. Mohave
  2. Chihuahuan
  3. Great Basin
  4. Sonoran

Arizona is the only state to have all four!

  1. Flower
  2. Nature’s pollinator
  3. Flower

Japanese Garden

  • Saturday, 11, 2020
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Japanese Friendship Garden

What could be more appreciated than a place of tranquility within an urban location? Good fortune as the garden assistant was from Japan. Naturally we reminisced about Japan and our longing to return. Her soft voice, bowing posture, and a smile incorporating her entire face brought warm memories of Japan for me.

Shachi is the mythical fish that sprays water and causes rain. Since the 15-century, they have been used as charms against fire and can be found on the ridge of roofs.

  1. Japanese Friendship Garden
  2. Statue of Shachi
  3. Japanese Friendship Garden

David Hockney – Saturday, 11, 2020

  • Saturday, 11, 2020
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Heard Museum

Heard Museum’s featured exhibit was David Hockney’s techno iPad drawings of Yosemite juxtaposition with Native Americans natural fiber baskets.

  1. Yosemite /Tunnel View (El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, Bridalveil Falls)
  2. Basket and pottery
  3. Yosemite (Ahwahnee Hotel)
  4. Hockney’s brochure (El Capital)

Japanese Camino – Saturday April 20, 2019

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 Day
  • Temples: Kumano Kudo
  • Nara (75 miles from Ōsaka), Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees blue skies

Kumano Kodo is a networked of Japanese trails taken by pilgrims for centuries connecting sacred sights. Ten years ago it became a “sister road” to the Santiago de Compostelle Camino in Spain. Both share unique values. Kumano Kodo leads to the three shrines of Kumano Kudo whereas Santiago de Compostelle leads to the Cathedral Santiago de Compostelle. Both use a stamped passport to document the pilgrimage.

The bird with three legs is Kumanos symbol complementing the Camino fanned lined scallop shell.

Three friends who met on Camino Norte spend their last day together exploring Japan’s Camino Kumano Kudo. How fitting.

  1. Saburo and Namiyo with a Santiago de Compostelle scallop stone marker
  2. Three Legged Bird Symbol
  3. Three Legged Bird Symbol

New Emperor – Saturday April 20, 2019

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, Day 37
  • Temples: Tamaki Nara (75 miles from Ōsaka), Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees blue skies

Today begins ceremonies for the first Japanese Emperor in two hundreds years to abdicate. Emperor Akihito is stepping down because advanced age and his son the Crown Prince Naruhito will become the new emperor.

The Golden Week Holiday will be extended form April 27 through May 6, ten days.

  1. Temples Ceremony – Priest
  2. Temples Ceremony – Priest
  3. Temples Ceremony -Drummer

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