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On January 2nd 2010 we climbed Mount Shigi in Nara, Japan to celebrate the new astrological year of the tiger and 1300 years of Nara.

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It was in another tiger year that "multitasking" Prince Shotoku Taishi (apparently so intelligent he could understand ten conversations at once), was defending Buddhism against the Mononobe family. Prince Taishi called on Bishamonten, the Buddhist god of war, in the Hour of the Tiger, on the Day of the Tiger. It seemed to work; Taishi prevailed over the Mononobes. He built Shigisan Chogosonsiji Temple -- the tiger shrine -- on Mount Shigi in Bishamonten's honour. We climbed and we climbed, my how we climbed...

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milky-eyes.livejournal.com
if it comes to that then let it be.
walking up mountains.

what a wonderful day.

thanks for the video clip.

btw hows the clown chic thing working out for you? Looks pretty awsome these days... are the girls still shunning you? Or is it pure iki these days.

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Date: 2010-01-03 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imomus.livejournal.com
I've had some nice feedback from girls (and Hisae's mother!). On Christmas Day I was even presented with a cake decorated with the motto "All the girls love Momus!" But I've wrung many changes on that clown look since the self-disparaging entry. It's now clown-cyclist, or cyclist-raff, or handyman-spy, or shinto-muslim, or pirate-farmer.

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Date: 2010-01-03 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imomus.livejournal.com
And mustn't forget Arctic-golfer!

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Date: 2010-01-03 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milky-eyes.livejournal.com
;)

sounds good

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