Monthly Archive: September, 2013

Giverny in Tokyo

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In a slightly bizarre ceremony

The keys to the Dzong are given by the administrative powers to the monk community at the end of the day. The Bhutanese Army is not very strong: so few young wish to… Continue reading

June is iris season

and we saw some stunning specimens.

Low light over the Thimpu Dzong

My current screensaver

Evening light

As we arrive at the Thimpu Dzong, the largest administrative and religious center of Bhutan, the sun is setting in the hills. It is a beautiful sight. Why come so late? you may… Continue reading

These gardens

were designed in the early 17th century, at the very beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, the birth of Tokyo as the capital of Japan.

The National Institute of Traditional Medicine

This building displays panels explaining the principles of traditional Drukpa medicine (quite esoteric) and samples of medicinal plants growing on the soil of Bhutan. There are also spaces for doctors to see patients… Continue reading

In the East Garden

We are surrounded by the beauty and serenity of flowers. Chief among these are the noble hydrangeas.

The National Textile Museum

displays beautiful samples of hand-woven cotton and silk fabrics and demonstrates how the craft is still practiced. I have met several people in the US who are taking credit for making it as… Continue reading