OSAKA, JAPAN: GRAFFITI & STREET LIFE

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23apr14. Osaka, Japan. (Shinsaibashi)

KOBE, JAPAN: KANTEIBYO TEMPLE

In 1887, the overseas Chinese community living in Kobe, established Kanteibyo. It is dedicated to Guan Yu, a famous Chinese warrior from the Three Kingdoms Period. He is known to the Japanese as Kan-u. On 5 June 1945, Kanteibyo was destroyed by allied bombing in WWll. On 16 January 1977, it was destroyed by fire, and then again, in 1995, it was damaged by the Kobe earthquake. The last restoration was 14 February 1999. (http://www.chinatownology.com/kobe_kanteibyo.html)

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8apr14. Sannomiya/Motomachi area, Kobe, Japan.

SELF-PORTRAITS: MELANCHOLIA

“I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.” ― Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind

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5MAY13. San Diego, CA.

COZUMEL, MEXICO: SAN GERVASIO RUINAS

San Gervasio Ruinas: The Mayan sanctuary of Ixchel, the goddess of the waters, the earth, and the moon. This site is considered sacred to Mayans and their pilgrimages here are equivalent to what we know of pilgrimages to Rome, Jerusalem, etc.

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Riding a motorbike around the island, I stopped for a bite to eat at a cool little restaurant situated on ‘Naked Beach.’

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Breakfast: Shrimp fajitas overlooking Naked Beach

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Before the conquistadors tore it down, El Cedral was the largest Mayan site on Cozumel. Not much is left, just a remnant of a temple, which you can see below. It may no longer be the largest, but it is the oldest on Cozumel.

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Cross from within the small Catholic church now standing next to El Cedral.

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Sculptures and centerpieces on the main Cozumel drag:

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Saying goodbye to Cozumel:

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The return to Playa Del Carmen:

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27DEC12. Cozumel, Mexico. Canon 550D,Lens EF18-135mm