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My brother dropped by and gave me this metal sculpture just the other day.  It's from a shop in San Francisco that now occupies the place my grandfather Atow Matsuoka had his shop before losing it in that fire sale of Japanese property during World War II.  I put Ganesha on my desk and the next day I started the earnest slogging required to light up a new blog.  It's the numbing labor of the set up with its formatting and tweaking, email from/to, moderation rules and all that pain-in-the-ass stuff that keeps you from starting.  Once you start going it ain't so bad.  In fact, once you start going it's hard to stop for the night and go to sleep.

Anyway, I just looked this up at Wikipedia: "Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles... He is honoured at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions."



  1. Congratulations on the blog, Doug! It's good to see/hear your voice online. Do you know MC Yogi's "Ganesh is Fresh"? It's from his debut album, "Elephant Power," which has lately become a key soundtrack for my daughter (in CA) and me. For some reason, Augusto's term, 'Mahakala Dancehall' comes to mind just now. Maybe it's the spontaneous dancing and singing the cd seems to inspire. I believe this is also known as kirtan. Other fave tracks: "Rock on Hanuman" and "Son of Shiva."

    aloha nui loa,

  2. Mahalo Sina. I just downloaded "Ganesh is Fresh" and "Om Namah Shivaya" at iTunes. Here's the iTunes link to the album, Elephant Power:

  3. Thanks, I already have the whole album downloaded on my BB mp3 in the daily practice section. Rock on Hanuman.

  4. Aloha. I didn't know your family had suffered from the internment camps. What type of shop did gramps run? Dean the occupier


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