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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 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, video content! Thanks a lot for this. The missing image stabilizer helps feel the effort that is walking up that mountain, every step is visible as a slight bounce. I find video (compared to photographs) is a much more effective tool to invoke daydreams about being somewhere completely different (but maybe that's just my mind having become lazy about lying to my senses).

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This moment is bittersweet. I wonder what the next day will bring ...

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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: 2010-01-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I bet the view from that bridge spanning the lake was as breath-taking as it looks.

2 unrelated comments.

Date: 2010-01-02 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I must say i was quite unaware there was -buddhist- god of war!
It makes sense of course, established religions coming pragmatically to reflect as well as shape the societies they exist within etc

I wish there were tags in click opera, or systematic links between thematically grouped articles. I was thinking so yesterday when reading that interesting article on the 'window' social theory... 'now what was that other sociological idea blogged a while back? Oh Damn, lost in the information morass' . In my opinion this blog has become a truly worthwhile compendium of articles on certain subjects, only its too spread out.

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Date: 2010-01-02 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But the chinese new year isn't until February 14th! That's when the astrological change occur!

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Date: 2010-01-02 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

tiger mountain (

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Date: 2010-01-03 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Why are some folks in the video wearing pollution masks when they're many miles from a city, up on a mountain?


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