Monthly Archive: January, 2014

Another sumo wrestler

in training.

Down at Dochu-la

And we walk back down to Dochu la. Dochu la, the name of a pass, is at 3,140 meters. This chorten, made up of 108 smaller stupas, a very auspicious number.

Lunch, step 2

Step 2 is to get a chit from the vending machine for the food you want. And step 3 is to take that chit to the cook’s counter, where he’ll make the dish… Continue reading

Even higher

Two monks are putting up more prayer flags. They truly think that prayers get scattered and multiplied in the wind, and that this is good karma. So, the top of this mountain, with… Continue reading


It is totally ok in Japan to order lunch from a picture. The next step will be shown tomorrow.

Living on the edge

I’m sparing you the panorama this time. Someone needs to prepare the food, and it’s always one of the monks. Monks typically eat two meals a day: breakfast, which can be quite early,… Continue reading

Singye la

Our guide in Bhutan. Of course he is a wearing a gho, the traditional Bhutanese-style clothing for men, which is roughly equivalent to a tightly closed long robe which large, long sleeves. Singye… Continue reading

Outside the Ryogoku train station

A good subway system and bicycle storage help ease the congestion of Tokyo.

Statue of Ieasu Tokugawa

He is so important to the history of Tokyo.

At the very top

At the very top of the mountain, there’s Tashigang gompa.