Kyoto

Parts of Kyoto are the old Japan, a must visit. Walking around the temples yesterday my mind tried to imagine the people of the past here, 500 years ago, among others Samurai and Geisha. I discovered today that there is a free shuttle bus every 15 minutes to JR Osaka station from our hotel. My Wife told me about it and so we caught a super express train from JR Osaka Station to Kyoto. It was good to see Japan out of a train window. In Kyoto, first stop was the Kiyomizudera temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 780AD. We had to walk through a very old village, traditional old Kyoto in the Higashiyama district, to get to the temple. We walked across the slope of a hilly area where the temple was atop. Then down to Gion and into the most well known Geisha street, the Hanamikoji for dinner.Today was the journey to Fukuoka, to stay near the airport for one night to catch a flight home tomorrow. A last ride on the fast train, the Shinkansen. Really Japan is very modern, the trains and the stops, everything. I suspect this is the future way to travel because of global warming, although there are still many cars here. Once solar energy is well established and there are magnetic trains we can be cleaner in respect to our carbon emissions. Train departed 13:42 arrived 16:11 travelling 611km with about 6 stops.

Osaka

Like most tourists to Osaka I visited the castle today. My walking was terrible however, probably about 1km / hr. Nothing for it fellow coma victims, just time for the brain to rebuild. Japan is a most excellent country, the people appear quite friendly, if only I could understand them. First stop was Hiroshima, a nice place too especially when one considers the atomic bomb. My word you wouldn’t know now what happened there. Centrally the city has been rebuilt, there are places however that remember the past, the peace memorial for one. The first hotel in Osaka was appalling and I had to change. I’m now at the Imperial hotel which is great compared to the first. Sashimi dinner here last night was absolutely fantastic, amazing. I have always thought Japanese food the best in the world, along with French, both cuisines are so focussed on flavour and presentation, artistry. Travelers often say that the best way to experience a culture is through the food. I’ve always been interested in trying local delicacies when traveling and love the food here. Sashimi is one of my favourites dishes in the world. Last nights perhaps the best I’ve ever had, can’t wait for tonights dinner. Same again I suspect, but I also had a French inspired dish last night, foi gras, I love that dish too.

The following day I went to Dotonbori, another great place, a little like a Chinatown in many cities, alleyways with street level shops, my walking only slightly improved from the castle. It always goes up and down my walking, after 5 years I still can’t relate to my right leg although the downs seem to be becoming less severe, the ups more frequent.

Opinion

fullsizeoutput_6b0There are several news stories about fake news of late, just saw one on CNN, oops it was BBC, this is fake. They talk of technology companies like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia among others providing fake news. All these sites merely provide opinions not fact, people choose to say something on them. Perhaps they should use a different colour font to discriminate between opinion and fact. Clearly just because you read something in print it doesn’t become fact! Perhaps a consequence of Trump there is all this worry about human interaction with the world, I don’t just believe everything I read otherwise I’d have to thank Tolkien. Perhaps these internet companies should discriminate between opinion and fact. When they talk of fact like the distance between earth and mars perhaps use blue font. Maybe we all need to be more discerning in the modern world, we need our leaders to be truthful, Trump? This is merely opinion not fake news. I’m sure there are some sites that claim to be a news websites that are steeped in opinion, discern…

Plato

Plato.jpegThe issues confronting the world today as we move towards a global government are symptomatic of human evolution I think, so interested we are globally in the outcomes of the US election. In the time of Plato his theory of forms suggested that to see wasn’t merely the act of observation but also of knowledge, gnosis, to know. That word represents non material observation. That was our last significant leap forward I believe. It gave us the modern world of thought, education, politics, art… I think human thought is changing again. Perhaps todays populist movements of Brexit and Trump provide a clue, the collective is taking charge. Having said that the United States is going to prevent muslim immigration creating an us versus them mentality, hardly evolution. It’s terrible whats happening in Syria right now. Maybe we’ll have a new understanding of immigration and care for all human beings, for existence and life, when we evolve. I think we live in a very important period in history, so here are my thoughts.

We should move away from the human invention of money, economic value is such an abstraction from reality. We are also destroying our planet and climate change should be our focus. Space and science offer much and can possibly solve the global warming problem too. Space might discover another world we can live on and other intelligent life, actually I suspect we have already interacted with aliens. On Mars we will be able to focus on life itself, there will be no room left for human mundanities. And science might be able to alter particles that cause global warming, remove the carbon from the atoms. Sciences entanglement theory and 3D printing are profound. They say we will soon be able to travel time. Then there is technology, the internet provides us with the ability to share information immediately. Soon Artificial Intelligence (AI) will provide us its precise evaluation, it already does. Indeed there is so much for us to discover in the universe we only need to evolve before we become extinct by our own hand.

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