Ephemeral drift

The heat of the East’s summer only hit me after I left the demographic digestive system underneath Shanghai’s surface. The metro tunnels have banned the undifferentiating darkness in favour of the light of digital advertisements, which remain fixed at the same speed as the train itself. A gimmick that did impress me and is clearly…

Hideyoshi’s ghost and the Yankee shogun

The East Asian sphere has a history like no other part of the globe possesses. Seemingly peripheral, it has known all possible influences from all possible corners of the world and, in a strange way, retained a distinct set of identities despite it all. From Taiwan to Korea and Japan, like rocks in the sea,…

Dawn

Busan was the launch pad for Japan’s invasion of Korea during the Imjin War in the late 16th century. The battles in and around the area were successes on the Japanese side, but they met some brutally loyal resistance against its powerful charge. Eventually, Japan failed in taking the peninsula. A history I will return to…

Moments become real when they’re memories

I’m not going on a Hegelian rant. But having studied history ( in and outside of the building that hands out degrees ) I’ve been taught to appreciate the past as a complete chapter in and of itself. Equally, it’s always been a ‘thing’ among the spiritual seekers and masters ( a recent example being…