Max Floats His Boat

Since 1999, an esoteric Buddhist denomination called Shinnyo-en has sponsored a “Lantern Floating” ceremony on Memorial Day to create a moment of reflection and collective compassion and remember those who have passed. The name “Shinnyo-en” means “a borderless garden of the unchanging and real nature of things,” and its principal doctrine encourages everyone to develop... Continue Reading →

Kiku Becomes a Champion

Regulars readers of this silly dog blog ("poor lost souls" in the vernacular) will remember that we have been tracking the career of one of Max's boon companions, a sweet little Yorkie named Kiku. See here, here and here. Well, recently we got the great, good news that Kiku, whose name means "Chrysanthemum" in Japanese, has... Continue Reading →

MaxMax Visits Chinatown

Honolulu’s Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States and it has an interesting history. The AJF and Malt thought a ramble through Tánxiāngshān (the area’s Chinese name meaning “Sandalwood Mountain”) would be interesting, so off we went. In ancient times, before there was a town called Honolulu, there was village built... Continue Reading →

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