義務は重い負担です

chromaluv:

i’m not dead.

not for lack of fuji trying to kill me, but i’m not dead.

Protip: when the hypothermia sets in, don’t continue to push to the summit or your body WILL start to go into shock, and then you’ll have to have a badly worded-chattering-slowly processed conversation with a bunch of grumpy japanese men at the top of a mountain in high altitude low oxygen freezing cold weather to explain, no, you think you’re actually dying, please let me inside the hut please please PLEASE, and then you throw up for the next three hours even though there is literally nothing in your system.

Other protip: DON’T CLIMB FUJI AFTER AUGUST, IT IS FUCKING COLD UP THERE.

humansofnewyork:

A bit of context on this next series of photos: Dharamshala, India is where the exiled government of Tibet resides. Led by the Dalai Lama, nearly 100,000 Tibetan refugees live in this northern Indian city, where they seek to maintain their traditions and culture in exile. The long journey from Tibet to India includes a grueling 28 day walk through the Himalayan mountains. Many of the refugees make this trek as children, sent by their parents in hopes of studying their language and religion in freedom. In conclusion, here’s a young Tibetan monk playing with a kitten.

(Dharamshala, India)

whatthefauna:

Meet the Japanese giant salamander, which can grow to to be 5 feet long. The males are particularly feisty and battle with other males for prime nest sites. Paternal care is rare among salamanders, but the males of this species (called den-masters) do all of the child rearing.

Images: (T) Kelly Sweet, (B) Teruhide Tomori

graveyarddirt:

Harvest Prosperity, by Ms. Graveyard Dirt (I, II, III, IV & V)

Riches from the queendom; some homegrown, some foraged, some bought - all local.

andbrittlebones:

My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”

libutron:

Vermillion Waxcap - Hygrocybe miniata

One of the smaller species of red waxcap fungi, Hygrocybe miniata (Hygrophoraceae) is an infrequent find on cropped grassland and in woodland clearings.

This species has pretty much a worldwide distribution in temperate regions, although in some countries it is more commonly found in woods than on grassland and heathland. 

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Dennis Sheehy | Locality: Southern Maine, US (2010)

graveyarddirt:

Asanoha Ear Weights, by Blessings to You! Jewelry

Asanoha is the sacred geometric motif of the cannabis plant of Japan. Hemp was used as a staple in everyday life in the Floating World. Paper, clothing, rope and even medicines are some of the many forms the cannabis plant has. These weights also have a stylized Torii Gate as the wearing surface so the wearer is both in the spirit and earthly realms.

libutron:

Yellowleg Bonnet - Mycena epipterygia 

Mycena epipterygia (Mycenaceae) is a delicate little autumn fungus, easily recognized by the greenish-yellow stems.

This gregarious mushroom is common and widespread in Britain and Ireland as well as in most of mainland Europe. This species is also recorded in parts of North America.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Juraj Komar | Locality: Chtelnica, Trnavsky, Slovakia

cute-animals-only:

Fox named “Весна” - Spring in Russian ;-)

Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance

the-right-writing:

  • Less danger of writing awful purple prose
  • Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
  • Friendships are really cute
  • It’s easier to write healthy friendships
  • Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
  • Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
  • Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
  • Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
  • More stories about online friends would be nice
  • Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
  • Did I mention the cuteness factor?

thedoppelganger:

Red-Lacquered Lid, Irving Penn, New York, 1994

uglyfun:

eggpunk:

my friend in japan found a really cool book

japan is more knowledgable about our curse words than you or i ever suspected