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Cherry Blossoms Were Made For Japan

If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, I'm sure you know of my love and deep admiration for Japan. If not, you can read about it here, here, here, here and here.

I lived there (in Kobe) in 1996 for about 2 1/2 months and felt an instant connection to the country, its people, and their culture. It honestly felt as if I had "come home."

One of the many, many things I was in awe of about Japan is that for as small and populated as the country is, I never felt a sense of claustrophobia, disorganization, or even the slightest tension. On the contrary, I felt the most beautiful sense of expansion, calmness, and a peaceful centeredness. And I think that's because the Japanese have an innate capacity for making the most of the space they have, and in a way that is simplistic and minimalistic, yet efficient. If I could choose just one word to describe the energy of that country it would be: Harmonious.

The Broadway Musical: War Paint-Starring Patti LuPone And Christine Ebersole

While in New York City last week, I happened to walk through the theater district on my way to lunch, when I passed by the Nederlander Theatre and looked up at the marquee; stopping dead in my tracks

OH. MY. GOD!!!

Much to my surprise and delight, I saw the names of two of my all-time favorite Broadway actresses (and two-time Tony Award winners), Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.

TOGETHER... in a musical!!!

OH. MY. GOD!!!

Who knew?!?!?

Well, I immediately grabbed my camera and began taking photographs. And then when I returned to Philly that evening, I went online and researched the musical. I discovered that it was a fascinating story about Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Both were brilliant innovators, who became the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to the cosmetic industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.

Photography: Lower Manhattan And The Oculus

I had to actually google the word oculus because I didn't know its meaning:

Definition: oculus

1.an eye.
2.Architecture. a circular opening, especially one at the apex of a dome.

And then I had to google oculus in new york city to find out exactly what it was:

The state-of-the-art World Trade Center Transportation Hub, completed in 2016, serves 250,000 Port Authority Trans-Hudson daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world. At approximately 800,000 square feet, the Hub, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, is the third largest transportation center in New York City. The “Oculus” serves as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, incorporating 78,000 square feet of multi level state-of-the-art retail and dining.

A Foodie Post. And A Few Of My Favorite Edible Things.

Many people laugh when I tell them that I'm a foodie because I don't really consider myself someone who likes to cook, or even likes all kinds of different or exotic foods. However, the foods I do like, I feel very passionate about and will savor each delectable bite. I know this sounds strange, but I find eating almost a "spiritual" experience because when I eat, I truly experience it with my body, mind, and soul. 

Also, judging from my small stature, most people initially assume that I barely eat anything, and when I do, I only eat a handful of bird seed every other day.

Ha! Hardly.

On the contrary, I'm someone who eats all day, every day. I need to eat something every 3-4 hours because I'm always hungry. I even eat right up until I go to bed at night.