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Self — Subconsciousness

With the incredible advancement of the technology, medical science etc, now we are becoming aware what is the Self in totally different aspect. (Though, those stories were based on the net news, Youtube kind = second, third source.  Take this lightly.)

With the forefront study of the monocular biology and the brain science using MRI kind of scanning = observing the activity of the brain, in relation to the internal flora of the bacteria, virus, even the parasite in our guts, are becoming clear. —— Why guts and the brain is linked ? you may say, = those organism in our guts are making many chemicals and those are circulating in our blood and reaching, affecting the brain, and the emotion, even high level decision-making and the behavior pattern.

You might heard the story of the parasite who manipulates the brain of ant to go top of a grass, in order to be eaten by a sheep, then lay their eggs there and it will be spread by the sheep’s droppings then go into the ant again = So, this cycle will be repeated and continues. —– those organisms can produce quite sophisticated chemicals, enzymes which can manipulate even our brain’s thinking and the emotion.  Though, who designed this incredible system is nothing but THE mystery.

Our mood, emotion which affects our thinking, behavior could easily be influenced by those chemicals, brain transmitters, hormones. (Though, we may not know what IS the condition of “Without” = co-havitating bacteria and its chemicals could be the NORM of our existence.) = Remember, “Mitochondria” in our body-cells, they are in fact, just co-havitating foreign organism = we didn’t create them = they got their own DNA !

Long since, we human has been using the term / words, such as Guts Feeling, Intuition etc = we can not clearly know but only vaguely feel the effect, the invisible influence or resulting deep mind, which we call “Subconsciousness” —– IS in reality, a result of the balance of the neuro hormones include the chemicals from those bacteria, parasite, and not much to do with spirituality.  So, true Self could be a product of the bacteria or parasite you are harboring in your guts.  Sound great isn’t it ?    😀



Star Wars / Jedi = Jidai-geki (時代劇)

What I found a funny story in the net was —– That the film, Star Wars were made to imitate the Japanese Jidai-geki (Period Play = Samurai film) action.   The Director, George Lucas who also a keen collector of the Japanese sword was very much fond of the Japanese Samurai film, hence he created the film for the kids to have a fun like a Samurai comics.  So, instead to shoot laser gun in distance, but make a direct contact battle using Light-sabers like a samurai fight.  And those young warrior wearing Judo uniform was called Jedi, after Jidai-geki.   Darth Vader was designed like a Japanese Samurai armour.     Funny isn’t it.   😀      (Though, to tell you a truth, I never seen those films.)


Self — Phenomenology

I found a talking post in the Youtube, a TV presenter introducing and discussing the topics in the new book = what he found the interesting point in the book.   In this time, while referring to a book introducing the Phenomenology, the presenter picked up that a person expose real self when the person made a mistake, havoc or failure. (Phenomenology is a study to observe / analyse “What was happened” in such “Event” —– so, this technique has been adapted to the Sociology, Psychology etc)    This TV program has been talking about such as a popular misunderstanding, misconception, etc, = give a second thought or new idea to the many daily topics and even an introduction to the Zen kind.

So, what interesting in the matter of Self = “Self would be exposed when the person encountered a bad event” = this IS the same Phenomenon, the “Selfless” in the Zen, but viewed from the opposite direction.  We or a person IS living Selfless as the human norm.  But when the peace of norm was broken at the event, we may get into a panic, or get angry etc and “go into the emotional response”.  These responses tend to reflect the personality = “Real Self”  (Broken something may be a financial loss, inconvenience to live without, or a loss of the precious memento, even a crisis to lose the job with its responsibility = in any aspects, it was the big shock to the Ego, Greed, Sense of security, even a matter of own survival.  And as those emotion is often beyond the rational control, the person act from the deep subconscious = it’s exposes hidden “Self”.  People may interested in to know their “Real Self” though, when actually faced such own response in the moment of “The Event” it would surprise, or even annoyed the person.)

Imagine a situation, when a USB cable was broken — some might shout “F***”, other may get upset “What a bad luck, why today, Why me” or blame the self “Why I was so careless to pull the cable” otherwise, even started to laugh “What’s a day, how silly”   Or, just go to the spare parts box which has been kept for such event. —– Certainly, they were the reflection of each personality.  = When usual kind of the signal was going into the brain = because of the signal was just usual, those signals were ignored by the emotional region (in the limbic system) therefore the daily task would be carried out as a routine, almost automatically, without any emotion.  So, it was seen as the Selfless in the Zen teachings. (Nevertheless, even in the “Selfless” state, all the brain is still functioning just as normal (hence all the bodily function too) BUT only without the Emotional reaction. = its mean, without Ego, Greed, Envy, Fear etc = all the psych emanated from the Emotional region = therefore the tactical response, proper repair etc to the breakage will be carried out with cool rational thinking.)

Though, in a context of the human life, strangely or NOT strangely, those “Emotional Person” was seen as a “Lovable person” and the Selfless calm person was seen cold. (Because, the people can relate to those emotional person for helping, listening, advising, even despising and teasing.)  Life is complicated and hard.  😀    —– Which type you want to be ?



I found a blog post showing the photos from the Origami exhibition of ICOA (International Collegiate Origami Association) = Those Origami exhibits were created by the Uni’ students, the members of each Origami club.   I show you one of a jaw dropping work, may be a typical Japanese Art of dedication which said to have 4~5 years of preparation and 3 weeks to make.  You believe or not, this figure of Hi-school girl was made by just a single square blue paper which got white back, without a use of scissors. 

Origami-5-001If you can’t believe, try make the same, following the draft / pattern here by yourself. (The same one would be made but, be prepared to spend few weeks of intense work) —– may be better start with simpler practice —> you may find a lots of Youtube instruction by Googling “Origami”. = I saw some of them but soon gave up.   😀


The original blog ( you need to read Japanese though the photos of those Origami works are worth visiting) :nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1708/16/news095.html#l hoico 170816jkori02.jpg

In there you may find the ICOA info’ as well. (or, you can Google in English)

They ARE in deed the work of incredible concentration and the dedication —– might be something common with other Japanese craft though, I couldn’t figure out how the creator could foresee / plan the process = (to see the “would be shape” beforehand —

Or lots of try and error ? — then the pattern of outcome would be accumulated (so-called experience) then, further advanced variation could be tried out — and so on, —– Or, is it the same to see the effect 10, 100 moves ahead on the Go, Chess, Shorgi game ?  And the same to forecast the effects of economical / financial move ?  (They ARE all follow the rational logic = to forecast the result may be the matter of the accumulated patterns = memory power / intelligence —– is it ? 


Dance Dance Dance !

May be because I’ve clicked the Spanish Flamenco or Japanese Awa-odori dance kind before, time to time, Youtube send me the dance viz —– so, I’ve encountered those amazing dance viz.

In this viz above, the first group was Doushisha-Kouri Hi’ and the second group was Osaka Tomioka-Hi’ —— Yes, they are all Hi-school girls.  First group was performing the dance,  titled “Black Rose” in black costume.  Then the second group was dancing in the 80s Disco style.  Those two were the top of the many hundreds of the entries of Japanese Hi-school Dance Club Annual Competition.  Lots of the club members may never dance before = It’s mean, to train the members in Three years to this level must be nothing but a phenomenon. — (A story behind told, that they practiced up to Nine hours a day ! —– Some comments to the viz described “like a Ninja” = Yes, Ninja was created in the same way = They were all under the same Japanese Zen Culture !)

Despite Tomioka got only second in last (2017)  year’s National Competition, once their viz, “Babbly Dance” was uploaded on to Youtube, it spread through SNS, they received 30 million hit and created a hype in Japan. ( So, they were invited to dance at “New year’s Eve National Song Fest/ 紅白歌合戦 on NHK” = for the hi-school girls to appear such National fest was the exceptional honour)

I admire the intensity and the speed of their body movement, though I wouldn’t dance in that way.   They dance very physical though, their movement was a staged, visually choreographed style for show = not follow a natural body dynamics.   It’s mean, if they were pushed while dancing, they will be easily toppled.  I took the basic body movement from the ski = if we lose the balance on ski, we will fly in the air and land 10 Ms away.    So, I’ll keep the center of the movement always in the symmetry to the center of gravity (so that I can hit or give a kick in any moment without losing the body balance as the body itself having the counter balance.)

One girl was saying, “Don’t think. Just keep doing until the body start to move automatically” = this words were the same as what I’ve been writing here, “Don’t think = Mushin” is the key in the Zen practice.  When their body start to move automatically, the ill-balanced artificially choreographed movement would be smoothed out.  I think, while doing such intense training, those girls would gain much more important “Natural dynamism of the body” which will be the key for their happy, healthy life for whole life.  Well done girls.




Stacked Lock Pin

Locking pin(1)-SZ lens

When I took those photos, I’ve used additional close-up rings on the SZ lens.

Locking pin(2)-5-002

Close-up rings I mentioned were those kind. (Though, this photo left was when I blogged about the lens from an Instamatic camera)  The Nikon mount SZ lens was attached by “Ai to EOS” adapter.   But the adapter stacked on the EOS Close-up ring.  So, I needed to hammer down the Lock pin to release the Ai adapter from the Close-up ring. (Photo right)  In fact I was lucky as I could access the pin —– if an EOS lens was stacked, (so, the pin was hidden inside) I needed to use a hacksaw to cut open the ring ( = the saw-dust might got inside of EOS lens and creates even further trouble etc etc.) 

Locking pin(3)-5

What I found was, the lock pin was too long ! = It protruded from the ring, hence, even the release-lever was pressed down, pin was still blocking the Ai adapter to rotate.(Photo left)    The pin needed to cut and make it short.  And to do this, both side and other side of the ring was covered by the masking tape first, to prevent an accidental touch of a file to make scratch. (Photo middle)  Then file-down the pin (Photo right), till the pin never protrude from the ring surface when it was pressed down. (check it like photo left again and again).

Close-up ring like this (not necessary red color = blue, gold etc all very colorful) was sold in Ebay a lots, mostly about £25 for set of 3 though, I found this for £15 = may be it was “the rejected seconds” rejected from other bender = somebody throw it away = then, others picked up for opportunity (= any business is the busyness in China = remember, they made a cooking oil from the sewer remain !)  Still I’m buying a lots of staffs (adapter ring kind) from  China/Ebay —– while keeping eyes on its work (I’m not asking them to be a perfect, but at least it wouldn’t harm others ! —– since, I’m a very generous Zen Buddhist.   Ha ha ha   😀  ) 


It was a full moon !


In the evening of the New year’s day, I noticed a moon behind the trees.  I thought, Oh, it might be a full moon, though, before it came to the center of the window, the sky got cloudy.

Yet still, you can see the unusual “Norwegian Moon rise Photos” in the Bentehaarstad Blog. —– not only that, you will find many many very interesting topics and the photos in her blog (click the links in the bottom)  I’m sure you will enjoy them.   🙂  



Posted in Awareness, Cyber Space, Existentialism, Fun to read :-D, Paradox, Who is Yoshizen by yoshizen on January 1, 2018


Well, having pretty noisy firework somewhere outside, it seems the new year has come. —————— ( not much significance to Zennist though — )  


Without cheating, this IS really the morning sky of the first day of the New Year.  (1.1.2018  7:56)


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F & M Window decoration for 2017

It’s an old story still, I don’t want the staffs stuck and left over.  (Get clean up before the year changes. )  😀

















Hee Ha, — of course all those photos were taken before Xmas, but I was busy making a lens.  😀

And those pictures, if the image was distorted, they were taken by Nikkor Fisheye 16mm F3.5.  And the rectilinear wide-angle image  were by Zeiss Distagon 18mm F3.5 —– the rest of fuzzy images were taken by a homemade G9 lens all on the Nilon D850.   Thanks for watching !  (Don’t drink too much tonight.)  😀  


G10 Lens

G10 Lens(1)-A09A7667Generally speaking, the converging lens was designed to project an image — and supposedly a good image.  So, whether it was a cheap toy camera, one time use camera, their lens was designed to make an image as good as its cost allowed.  Its mean when I re-use those lenses, naturally they create quite usable images. (and from their deep depth of field with rather small iris, those images were somewhat focus-free)  But, even among my homemade lenses, if the lens came from somewhere which was not expected to form clear projection (by its lens own), the image was rather hope-less (without having the other lens to compensate the aberration together)   A Lens, which I scavenged from Canon G10 compact camera was that kind.

G10 Lens(2)-5

Photo left was a PENTAX Zoom compact camera.  From this one what I utilized was a mere lens barrel.  And from the photo middle, Canon G10, compact zoom camera. From this massive Hi-tech camera, what I found useful was just a front element of the lens, that’s all. (Like a stepper motor driven F-aperture, stepper motor driven focusing unit etc etc — not mention the screen system, image sensor etc may be used “one-day”  😀 )  And the photo right was the finished product, G10 lens for Sony A7R. = Looks cool isn’t it !  (sample photos which I said hopeless quality may come soon)  😀  (Zen Buddhist would say that, Even a hopeless lens should have a Karma which made him to play a role.) —– Incidentally, today (06-12-2017) was the exact 100 years anniversary of the Independence of the Finland —– Kiitos !


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