Spare or spear? May need a little help :)


tokyo visit, Japan, Ninja stars

After posing with the elusive Ninja (who disappointingly only possessed fake plastic stars instead of the real ones) it was time to get down to serious business after dinner …


tokyo visit, Japan, last samurai

“Spare me, or spear me!” cried the captured Samurai warrior in despair.
But the fearsome Queen of Swords – and hot flashes – simply couldn’t decide what she should do … because just how much damage could one really inflict with a silly plastic sword?

Do you remember “The Last Samurai” movie? I loved it so much I watched it over and over again. I found it so powerful in its message I went out and purchased a beautiful hardcover book which spoke to how the movie was put together.  Guess that’s why I was so thrilled during my recent trip to Japan to actually go into a typical Japanese house (which to me looked almost identical to the one where Tom Cruise lived) … so many many memories aka totally awesome!!!

You can watch the trailer from this 2003 epic film below and hope you enjoyed my fun interpretation of my own movie scene (which by the way is also my submission to the “spare” WordPress Photo Challenge). Thanks for visiting.

PS: I had that poor Samurai shaking in his socks for sure 🙂


My trip to Tokyo: Jubilance!

Bonsai museum, flower arranging ladies

I was totally jubilant to be able to share this moment with these two beautiful Japanese ladies, who were both part of my Shunkaen Bonsai Museum tour during my trip to Tokyo, Japan (and happy to have the perfect opportunity to post this pic for the WordPress Jubilant Photo Challenge) 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Unique “Faces” of Tokyo, Japan

Kon'nichiwa dear friend!

Hello from Tokyo, Japan where I am for a few days. Stay tuned for a full update on my visit but in the meantime, I’m sharing some of the unique ‘faces’ I’ve seen so far (mainly in response to the WordPress Photo Challenge).

Tokyo Japan, face of girl at airport selling perfume in poster

Face on a row of posters at the airport as we walked to the arrivals hall.

tokyo japan, cooks

The faces of two chefs as they prepared our meals.

geisha girl mannequin at mall

Thought her face was absolutely beautiful.

tokyo japan performers musicians

The faces of musicians as they played Japanese music.

female temple visitor with umbrella tokyo japan

Even though the rain is falling her face still looks kind of happy.

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“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
~ St. Jerome

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
~ Walt Whitman

“The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Click here to see more facial interpretations.

Big smile mug