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Serge Yalichev

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by Serge Yalichev on October 10, 2016

in Art,General,Guest Writers,Monthly Post,The Creative Voice

THE CREATIVE VOICE. This is the fourth in a series of monthly posts that explores the sources of creative inspiration of living artists. Featured artists will speak of the unique circumstances that cause the Muses to visit them, and how they understand and interpret what the Muses are imparting. The artists will share their personal intuitions and insights, sometimes by telling a story, sometimes by explaining a concept or vision. May this exhilarating voyage encourage and motivate the artist in each of us. Our featured artist for October is also the author of this post.
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Travel Vignette #2

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by Takiko Takeda Yalichev on January 21, 2016

in General,Guest Writers

Travelers encounter many unexpected events. Indeed, the element of surprise is one of the things I like best about traveling, along with, of course, meeting people and partaking in local culture and cuisine.

This is the second of three stories that took place last year when my husband, Serge, and I traveled to Europe via Japan from our home in Sydney, Australia.
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Mono No Aware

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by Viktoria Vidali on May 27, 2011

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Look into the mirror and regard one more wrinkle, one more gray hair. The proper mono no ware attitude is not to call up for an appointment at the beauty parlor but to gaze, find things going as they must and therefore should and, if possible, smile.

[Donald Ritchie, Foreward to Vanishing Japan: Traditions, Crafts & Culture.]

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Four Years In Earth Spirit

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by Serge Yalichev on March 28, 2011

in General,Guest Writers

“What are you going to study at Sydney University?”

This question (our conversation was in French) came from my father, a man whose wisdom, insight and perceptiveness had come partly from his reading but more so from experience. A boy during the Russian Revolution, he had been deracinated by that event, winding up in France where he took part in the campaign of France in 1940 as a young soldier in the French army.
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Message From Sendai

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by Viktoria Vidali on March 21, 2011

in General,Weekly Post

This letter was sent by an American living in Sendai to her loved ones after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (March 11, 2011).
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The Temple Bell

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by Viktoria Vidali on March 14, 2011

in General,Poetry,Weekly Image

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Watering Can Shibui

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by Viktoria Vidali on July 26, 2010

in General,Weekly Image

There’s something beautiful about an old watering can, but it’s got to be a metal can, nothing plastic that predictably hardens, chips, and discolors uniformly with age. No, only real watering cans have Shibui. They have character because there’s something endearing in their unique scruffiness.
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Pavilion With A View

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by Viktoria Vidali on October 25, 2009

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Looking outward through the dark redwood frame of an open pavilion window onto lush garden greenery clears one’s mind for looking inward.
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