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Friday, September 21, 2018

Thar Be Dragons

Hi all... I've been bogged down with life, and so my Rife must suffer.

Please amuse yourselves with this cool photo I took of a "water fountain" at Higashi Hongangi Buddhist Temple in Kyoto back in 1991 during a trip there with Ashley. Yes, you may have seen me post it previously... but this time I comment differently.

That woman was sexy and smart and a real pain in the butt sometimes, but she certainly knew how to plan a trip. I was as useless as nipples on a man.

If it wasn't for her, I would have someone managed to get lost in North Korea.

Despite it having been a rainy day when we visited that temple, it was still hot and humid. As such, I had no problem sucking back a ladle full of cool dragon spit from the fountain.

I love dragons... in fact my name in Japanese translates into Peaceful-Leader-Dragon (An-doh-ryu) based on a complex series of kanji that I chose to represent my name. Read the Dragonriders of Pern books by Anne McCaffery.

As well, I was born in the year of the dragon. And who doesn't love that Bruce Lee movie?

But most of all, I really like art... and I marveled at the skill it took to create this bronze (I assume it's bronze) casting. And look at that green patina. And, despite the fierceness of the dragon's expression, the best part, in my opinion is the right taloned foot planting itself up onto the water basin.

Okay... the teeth, beard and mustache are cool too, but so too is the detail to create the individual scales.

Just stunning...

Andrew Joseph
PS: The blog's title is in homage to my friend Vinnie and our shared love of maps. 

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