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Happy New Year!
"Tōkō no hibana gurashi ya ryu-no-tama"
—Katsuhiko Ishida, Shūkyō (Autumnal Taste).
The above haiku poem mentions the following scenery: Even at the side of a sword-smith's workplace, where sparks scatter, there are blue berries of the ever-green plant ryu-no-tama (dragon's beard, known as mondo grass in English), which are pleasing to the eye. Similarly, we should live a spiritually rich life even under harsh social conditions. (Year 2012 is called the year of the dragon in Japan and China. So, I have quoted the above haiku that includes the word "dragon.")
I wish all of you that the year of 2012 be filled with good health and happiness.