Foxglove Moments

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Watch the book trailer here. Read the reviews here.

 


A highlight of my time living in Japan was visiting the Great Buddha of Kamakura.

Cast in bronze in 1252, it's located on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, about an hour south of Tokyo by train. Standing 44 feet in height and weighing approximately 102 tons, the Great Buddha towers over humble humanity.

 

 

 

 

I have a replica of the Great Buddha on my hillside.

He stands twelve inches in height and weighs approximately 10 pounds.

Yet, given the right camera angle, my little Great Buddha towers serenely over this hillside of spring blossoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[First posted: March 31, 2015]

 

 

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