Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
this is from the series of pics i took on my trip to the states.
i really realized i'd be interested in taking pool-pics when they started playing there (nashville, a rock-type of bar where they played rob zombies dragula...) i think there's a great oppurtunity to take nice shots if u have a tripod and so on... well this time i didn't but i thought this one came out ok.
We are at the beginning of Winter, and what little snow fell soon melted again. On the moss carpet, partially getting red, the water condensed and made big drops which reflect the cold sun's light. Amidst all this, a tiny grass plant standing weakly with its three stems...
Agyō Misshaku Kongō (密迹金剛), also called Agyō (阿形) is a symbol of overt violence: His mouth is depicted as being in the shape necessary to form the "ah" sound, leading to his alternate name, "Agyō"
Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) or Niō (仁王) are a pair of muscular guardians of the Buddha, standing at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in the form of frightening wrestler-like statues. They are manifestations of the Bodhisattva . The right statue is called Misshaku Kongō (密迹金剛) and has his mouth open, representing the vocalization of the first grapheme of Sanskrit Devanāgarī (अ) which is pronounced "a". The left statue is called Naraen Kongō (那羅延金剛) and has his mouth closed, representing the vocalization of the last grapheme of Devanāgarī (ह (ɦ)) which is pronounced "ɦuṃ" (हूँ). These two characters together symbolize the birth and death of all things. (Men are supposedly born speaking the "a" sound with mouths open and die speaking an "ɦūṃ" and mouths closed.) they signify "everything" or "all creation". According to Japanese tradition, they travelled with the historical Buddha to protect him. Niō guardians justified the use of physical force to protect cherished values and beliefs against evil.
tomorrow i will post the working progress of Ungyō!
the title is dedicate to shannon Hoon,former singer of the Blind Melon.This song is one of my favorites if all time,make sure to check it out! [link] the entrance of the Okazaki castle is not very photogenic,mostly,the castles have a open front: meaning : not high trees in front.But this in particular,it's not a clean view.I choose a day when the trees could look good enough,to be a plus in the picture.So,of course it had to be in the autumn,when momiji is red and beautiful!