Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Morning in Chinatown


Let's stroll through Honolulu's Chinatown -

the oldest Chinatown in what is now the USA-

Hawaiian Skies Above-

"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine,

bracing and delicious.

And why shouldn't it be? -

it is the same the angels breathe."

Mark Twain

Urban street scenes below-

"With true friends . . .

even water drunk together is sweet enough."

- Chinese proverb

See those Manapua in the basket?


Campaign season must pass through Chinatown!

"To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable,

but to be certain is to be ridiculous."

- Chinese proverb

"Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it."

- Chinese proverb

A Shinto priest prepares for the service.

"Think not that dreams appear to the dreamer only at night:

the dream of this world of pain appears to us even by day."


The Temple stands ready.

"Wafted into my room, the scent of the flowers of the plum-tree

Changes my broken window into a source of delight."

Japanese Poem

Lion Dancers are ready.

"A man's fortune must first be changed from within."
- Chinese proverb