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Zen in the Art of Keiji

Collaboration:əməkdaşlıq

At Asakura Robinson Company, we believe a successful project requires a collaborative design process engaging with a client. In collaboration, our design process is enhanced by the improvisational and creative outputs of a variety of disciplines who share like minded sympathetic responses. We are highly energized by the process and in...

Are we in Tokyo?

I say this place is moat like a real Sushi restaurant in Houston- Teppay on Westheimer at Hillcroft....

Houston Volunteer Initiative Program

Houstonians showed the world their big hearts and willingness to step up with compassion and competence when the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans were changed by the storms of wind and water. It showed us that when we are united as a community, we can accomplish miracles. Everywhere...

Tree Museum

For artist Katie Holten, trees were thus the natural starting point for an oral history of a city street in the Bronx. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Grand Concourse, a four-mile-long boulevard that connects Manhattan to the parks of the Northern Bronx, Holten has created the Tree Museum: 100 specially-chosen trees...

Go Chula Run

Our friend, Chula Sanchez is running for a city council seat in Galveston. She is a gift to Galveston! http://www.chula4galveston.com/Home.htm...

Earth Day Houston on April 3rd at Discovery Green

2nd Annual Earth Day Houston Festival, 5K & Green Expo. Earth Day Houston once again will take place at Discovery Green on Saturday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festivities kick off with the Earth Day Houston 5K at 8 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration with...

Philanthropist in all of us

from Gk. philanthropia “humanity, benevolence,” from philanthropos (adj.) “loving mankind,” from phil- “loving” + anthropos “mankind” We care and when we give our time and talent to improve lives of others in neighborhoods and communities, we are philanthropists. It is not all about money. It is about caring. BTW the pictures are Bill Gates and Alfred Nobel。So, touch...

Meaning of Zen in Art of Gaman

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 ‘how to endure’ was taught at the camps and is still a central virtue of many Japanese American. What’s at the end of it?  Pain and more sufferings? We examine our fate in our current state...

Metal Art

Cal Lane, the artist is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with an MA in sculpture, Lane seeks to create works of clashing ideas and materials that strike a balance. Her shovels mash the masculine and feminine, masking hard physical labor with delicate hand craft. Lane has received a number of...

Changes are fundamental to our Universe

in our lives and our environment. We often resist changes for fear of unknowns. As disorderly as the changes are, we look back and see how we have connected the dots and woven our lives into a cloth of our career, family and community. Changes are time and energy and...

creativity adds to a successful urban retail service

I wish we have more inventive retail models to show  in various communities. We need unique ideas, inventive and speak more of the community itself to preserve and enhance the authenticity of communities. Chain stores, franchises, heavy capital investment are not the only answers....

Things that are not there…an illusionary dream of cosmic energy

Create your own Zen garden If a calm, visual space is appealing, create your own Zen garden. Do some homework. Study Zen designs in magazines and books, including those of the 15th-century contemplation karesansui gardens at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Use these ideas to help create a garden to your...

New Hope Housing installation of art

Plasma cut sheet metal made into fanciful art fence/screen. The artist is Carmen Lomaz Garza from California. Isn’t this great?  Be sure to go see. There are three panels along the north bound of I 45 around Telephone Road exit few mile south of Downtown....

Zen in the art of Garden Appreciation

The seven main aesthetic qualities in Zen 禅gardens are asymmetry, simplicity, patina, naturalness, massiveness or deepness, freedom from convention and tranquility. Another way to describe this idea in Japanese is “Wabi Sabi and Shibui 侘寂渋い” It is about imperfection, impermanence and transience. It represents asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy and...

Zen in the Art of Noodle Soup

Zen in the art of soup noodle preparation starts with appreciation, appreciation of each of ingredients, where and how they have arrive in front of you from vastness of wheat fields, farm range of chicken, tides of ocean, crisp spring rain and long lingering summer sunset. Two pots, a pot...