No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan’s Idolization of Children

Ten years ago, on Thanksgiving day 2006, a Japanese auto executive was quietly taken into custody on charges of molestation and possession of child pornography. Under a mountain of evidence discovered in a false ceiling within a closet and captured on a USB his daughter plucked from a hidden camera in her bathroom, “Mr. Right” … Continue reading No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan’s Idolization of Children

The Resilience of Trees and Humans

"There's an unusual delineation.  In the first few years of life she was just another unfettered white pine growing at a rapid rate.  Each ring around her heartwood is clearly defined." Obviously cultured by someone at some point, it was unclear how the odd specimen ended up living and dying where it did; in a … Continue reading The Resilience of Trees and Humans

Culture vs. God: The Ultimate Message of Bonsai

The Bonsai story begins with a quote from anthropologist Ruth Benedict who studied the Japanese culture during and post WWII.  In Patterns of Culture published in 1934 she wrote: "The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards handed down in his community." And Bonsai closes with … Continue reading Culture vs. God: The Ultimate Message of Bonsai