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Posts tagged cemetery

Memorial Day

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Lyman Tomlinson grave in the UN Memorial Cemetery (Busan, South Korea)

I went to the UN Memorial Cemetery for the Korean War in Busan last July. It’s a cemetery in Korea for Korean War participants from a dozen countries or so. Very few of the graves are for Americans as most of those were moved to the USA long ago.

The experience was very moving. Several Korean people there asked me where I was from and when I told them the US, they were very thankful. When I told them my dad was in the Korean War they were even more appreciative. I explained that my father’s job during the war was more or less a desk job in Japan, but they said they didn’t care. The fact that he was involved in any way was all that mattered. One guy got down on the ground and started bowing and crying. He made me cry too.

Sun bursting through @ Okunoin (奥の院)

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Koyasan’s Okunoin (奥の院)

Mossy walls in a Kamakura graveyard

japan moss cemetery tokeiji 東慶寺 Kamakura

Today’s photo was taken in Tokeiji.

Happy Declaration of Independence Day

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Samuel Adams grave stone in Granary Burial Ground (aka The Old Granary)

My view of American history has changed over the past month. First, I read David G. McCullough’s 1776 which seriously altered my take on the revolution. The year 1776 was actually a very dark period in American history (until the last week) as independence seemed very difficult to come by in July and nearly impossible by mid-December with numerous defeats and retreats.

Seeing the actual places in New York and Boston where some of the events of 1776 occurred after reading 1776 also gave me a new perspective.

July 4 is celebrated as Independence Day even though independence didn’t actually come until the war ended in 1783, and the legal separation from America’s point of view came on July 2. But the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4 so that is the day that stuck.

Today’s photo is of the tombstone of one of the signers of that document, Samuel Adams. His father started the brewery that many know the name Samuel Adams by today. However, the modern Samuel Adams beer of the Boston Beer Company didn’t get started until 1984, despite the commercials which make it look like it has been brewed since the 18th Century.

Yanaka Cemetery (谷中霊園)

Yanaka Cemetery 谷中霊園 tokyo japan cherry blossoms

Yanaka Cemetery is lovely in any season, but April is the best time to visit. Today’s photo was taken on April 8. This picture is of the exact place where The Street of a Thousand Blossoms got its name.

Ultimate 和

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和 = wa = peace, harmony, balance, and the like. There is nothing quite as peaceful, in harmony, and fulfilling of balance than death.

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