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Dreamreflectionz by Lee Jorgensen

Passionate about people, travels, wine, critters, nature and all the other magic moments of life!

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Stop the Madness!

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The recent violence against Asians simply needs to stop!

I am outraged and saddened that one man’s words have rippled into hatred against a large part of the American population. My beloved San Francisco, once a beacon for tolerance and neighborly love, is now a hot bed for attacks against often defenseless elders. By calling Covid the “Kung Flu” or “China Plague”, an entire part of the country is now demonized and vilified and it is completely unacceptable.

Asia has always been a big part of my life. My fascination started with Shogun, the 70s series based on the book by James Clavell. My mother later took me on a trip to Thailand where I fell in love for the first time with a gorgeous Thai. In 1993, I started making yearly business trips to Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and a love for the East was born which changed everything from food preferences, medical practices, music, self-care and religion. Yes, I am a proud Buddhist, although I do not consider it a religion, but rather a philosophy.

I chose to honor Asians with a collection of these beautiful people from all over Asia and some American Asians from San Francisco:

Digging up Old Photos!

I found some old photos taken in 2009 with an old point and shoot camera which probably had something like 4 mega pixels!

Lesson learned:  You do not actually need the latest and most fancy camera – ouch…

 

Let’s do the Time Warp again!

One of the aspects of Japan that I find so captivating is its ability to combine East and West, Old and New.  Anachronisms live in perfect harmony with one of the most modern countries in the world and it is a joy to experience!

The first four photos here are from Asakusa (take the Ginza or Asakusa Line by subway) and the last one is from Kyoto (take the Shinkansen, the Bullet Train, from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station).  Please note that it is less expensive to buy the Shinkansen tickets on-line outside of Japan!)

Hiroshima

A very moving visit to the city that was hit on August 6, 1945.

We owe it to history and ourselves to witness important moments in time.  While it was very difficult to see the Atomic Dome and visit the Museum of Peace, I felt an immense sense of dignity and hope for a better future.
Tip:  All Nippon Airlines is currently running a promotion on domestic flights making it faster and less expensive to go to Hiroshima from Haneda Airport.
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The Tsukiji Fishmarket

I love walking around the rustic fish market in Tsukiji in Tokyo.  Only a subway stop away from Higashi-Ginza and you find yourself in a different world and different times.  Sadly enough, the Tsukiji has outgrown its space and is moving to a different location in Toyusu.

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Shanghai is a beautiful modern city, but it does have its backstreets behind the glitter.  I was lucky enough to get lost while searching for the YuYuan Tea Garden and came across some interesting characters:

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