Shinise Kinenkan, Kanazawa, Japan

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Shinise Kinenkan, Kanazawa, Japan

This is a Chinese herbalist shop from 1779.

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Shinise Kinenkan, Kanazawa, Japan

A must see = The Big C

“Listen, I’m a little pressed for time, so do you mind if I just pay for my stuff real quick and be on my way?  Thanks…  Hey, what the hell are you doing?”

“Sorry, I’m a little pressed for time too.  I have cancer.  So do you mind getting your shit off the counter so I can buy my Irises and plant them before I die?  Thanks.”

A comedy about cancer?  Okay, so it’s more of a dramedy, but don’t let that dissuade you from watching this expertly written series about a suburban housewife diagnosed with terminal melanoma.  This is not a sad show about a depressing illness.  It is a fun show about being happy even when everything sucks.  See how Cathy tackles her new circumstances with humor, passion, and an eagerness to experience all that life has to offer.

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The Tengu of Konpirasan, Kotohira, Japan

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The Tengu of Konpirasan, Kotohira, Japan

And it only took us 13,000 steps to get to the top to see them. 🙂

When this film was in production, interracial marriage was still illegal in 17 states in the USA

“Go into the office and make out a check for ‘Cash’ for the sum of $5000, then carefully, but carefully Hillary, remove absolutely everything that might subsequently remind me that you had ever been there, including that yellow thing with the blue bulbs which you have such an affection for.  Then take the check for $5000, which I feel you deserve, and get permanently lost.  It’s not that I don’t want to know you Hillary—although I don’t—it’s just that I’m afraid that we’re not really the people that you can afford to be associated with.  Don’t speak Hillary.  Just go.”

Katharine Hepburn at her very best.  AMAZING film.  Watch it.

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