White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Second to None

True mastery is
When your sole competition
Is yourself for miles.

White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Photo: Department of Environment & Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia | Flickr

Tadpoles of the Red-eyed Treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Tadpole Peepholes

Cowering in fear
Wide eyes scanning for strangers
Spelling grave danger.

Red-eyed Treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Photo: Geog Gallice via Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

The "Squared Circle": alchemical symbol for the Philosopher's Stone

As Equals

Earth, air, fire, water:
Geometry sealed in aether
Master against death.

The Philosopher’s Stone
A mythical alchemical substance capable of turning any base metal into gold or silver. Also believed by some to be an elixir of life that can cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. It is sometimes depicted as the “Squared Circle”: a 17th-century alchemical symbol illustrating the interplay of the four elements of matter.

Photo: Healing Energy Tools

Roundel of the London Underground

Crimes of the Underworld

Of ghosts and men wronged
Trapped in tunnels waiting for
Truth to unravel.

In hat and trench coat
Track a carriage lost between
Two stations long gone.

With sword and long coat
Traverse a carriage between
Death and life long past.

Photo: Christine Matthews via Geograph Britain and Ireland

Nutmeg mace

Sp(l)ices of Life

Tiny arteries
Pumping layers of flavour
All across the world.

Fragrant Nutmeg / True Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
A commercial nutmeg species cultivated extensively for the spice trade, and native to the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Its fruit consists of a fleshy exterior, a reddish fleshy outer covering (aril), and a large seed; the spices derived from the seed and aril are commonly known as “nutmeg” and “mace” respectively. It was one of the most important products in the very lucrative spice trade that attracted European colonists to Southeast Asia during the 15th to 17th centuries.

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Aburatorigami (Japanese facial oil-blotting paper)

Epitome of Quality


“Made in Japan” (nihonsei)
The definition of quality products (ryouhin no imi)
Even 100-yen items/shops. (hyakukin mo)

100-yen Shops (100円ショップ)
The Japanese equivalent of dollar stores and pound shops. To keep prices down, these stores tend to produce and import many of their products in bulk from other countries, but Japan-made products are also available. Whatever these items may be, their “Made in Japan” label still invokes an image of exceptional quality and design in many people.

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