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April 20th, 2016 | Posts By interface | Filed in: General

My Khe Beach Da Nang

In Memoriam

I wade into the jaded wild surf of

Da Nang

to grieve the loss of souls who bled here,

where sullen skies

rain pellets of bruised sorrow

and sand crabs shudder disbelief.

The beachhead, once swarming

with macabre killing machines,

is colored these days in purple melancholy,

desolate, save a lone bagpipe player, howling a song

so forlorn in its cheerlessness

that the heart sheds tears without relent.

WJD

My Khe Beach in Da Nang is deserted most of the day and stretches 30 kilometers along one edge of the city. The government was wise to prevent blocked views by the resort hotels on the beach.

Locals use the beach in early morning exercise before sunrise.

Chùa cầu Bridge, Hội An

The Japanese built this covered Bridge in Hội An, a city designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Hội An was a major trading center in Vietnam.

Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and Indians traded there.

Hội An Store Front

Hội An was a sleepy little town (population 122,000) until UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage site. Today it is bustling,chock full with restaurants, shops, bars, other tourist stops. Classic buildings have been restoredand some of Vietnam’s delights are showcased: incredible delicious baguette sandwiches and Vietnamese drip coffee, which when mixed with condensed milk, has the taste of chocolate.

Hội An Riverscape

Hội An Merchant

A wealthy Hội An merchant, pyjama-clad, watches passerbys stroll by.

Antique Bed, circa 1878

Supply Chain Management in Hội An_The old-fashioned way

Vietnamese porcelain is nice too

99 years young

The matriarch of a merchant family in business for 7 generations takes her walk from the back of the store to the front.

Gotta take care of my dog!

Hội An Temple Reverence for the sea

They love those large 'bonsai' in Hội An

Another 'bonsai'

China influenced Japan’s written language and culture. The Japanese adapt and refine whatever they bring from abroad. They miniatured large potted plants to fit the requirements of space and a penchant for simplicity of design. Way Zen!

Temple Scene in Hội An

The large hanging cylinder-shaped items are month-long incense dedications to the heavens to wish luck and prosperity.

In olden times separate (Yin and Yang) Temple entrances

Cham People Temple Ruins

The Cham people also traded in Hội An in the 16th and 17th centuries. How they built their temples, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is a mystery, and there is speculation about where they came from, although it i highly likely that they came from India, since they practiced Hinduism and Sanskrit writing can be found on their temples.

Cham Folk Dancers

Vietnam is a beautiful country with graciously friendly people. It’s worth a visit among your travel destinations. Go for it! Go to it!

All my best,

Warren J. Devalier

President

Interface Inc.

Cherry Blossom Viewing

April 20th, 2016 | Posts By interface | Filed in: General

Chidorigafuchi-Moat1

Hanami

1

Renewal, awakening casts Kitanomaru Park,

where resplendent is the koi carp, king of clear streams,

and myriad-colored butterflies dance in tender space,

glazed in the light of purpled nostalgia.

2

To songs of wild birds in the forest chamber

a congregation of spot-billed ducks parades

in quest of food, party, limelight,

bemused by merry-makers canvassing pathways above;

3

chary of a solitary black-breasted leaf turtle

perched at water’s edge, regal in ambition,

rivulets of pride running down her back;

calloused from promises hollow and forsaken.

4

Yoshino cherry trees champion this day,

pink-white five-petal blossoms

piercing air in shade, comfort, peace,

calming rip currents of feeling within Chidorigafuchi Moat.

5

A yearning, low-pitched sigh utters from the blossoms,

messaging from Nature’s God-spirits:

The weeping cherry tree

weeps for no one‑—and everyone.

Not an end or beginning is

Spring’s timeless recycling.

Breathe easy in blustery March winds;

bask in the warmth of sweet radiance.

WJD

Awakening

Awakening

Dont-leave-me-out

Don’t leave me out

Wild-Flowers-along-the-Moat

Wild Flowers along the Moat

Purpled-Nostalgia

Purpled Nostalgia

Pathway-to-Zen

Pathway to Zen

Bamboo-Friends

Bambo Friends

Hey-dont-forget-us

Hey don’t forget us

I-like-Hanami-too

I like Hanami too

Lets-Dance

Lets Dance!

Party-Time

Party Time!

Fresh-Spring-Leaves1

Fresh Spring Leaves