Dennis A. Amith

A Lifestyle, Personal Style and Travel Blog

The One about Allan King’s “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company”

I have to admit that “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company” was a difficult actuality film to watch. As impressed as I am with Allan King’s “Cinéma vérité”, this one hits my family pretty hard as my grandfather is now at the final stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and is not expected to live much longer, while my mother-in-law also has Alzheimer’s. For me, I have seen many films and TV shows on cable about […]

The One about Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt”

With Jean-Luc Godard spearheading the French New Wave after many of his other contemporaries have been forgotten, Italian film producer Carlo Ponti and Jean-Luc Godard began work on the film “Le Mepris” (Contempt) in 1963. A film that would be an adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel “The Ghost at Noon” and also would be Godard’s first foray to what can be seen as a commercial film with celebrities, but done the Jean-Luc Godard way. Known […]

The One about Asukayama Park in Kita Ward

Back in early 18th century Japan, it is said that shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune had many cherry trees planted in an area in the Kita area for the citizens of Tokyo (a.k.a. “Edokko” and back then, the term referred to people who were assertive, straightforward, cheerful and people who worked as a merchant, had a business or was involved in trade). Back in 1873, the Daijo-kan (Japan’s pre-modern Imperial government under Ritsuryo legal system during and […]

The One about Carniceria Panaderia y Taqueria in Lemoore, California

I was passing by Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California and stopped by a market/restaurant, Carniceria Panaderia y Taqueria. I have been told that this place sells massive burritos for a great price and the burritos are delicious. So, I had to give this place a try! Going inside, you approach the market, but you go to the right and the area that sells burritos and tacos are located there. The location is of […]

Travel Guide: The One about the Differences between Temples and Shrines

When going to Japan, it’s easy to confuse temples and shrines. But they are quite different. Temples are Buddhist sites, while shrines are Shinto sites.  It’s even more confusing by the fact that there are some areas that meld the two religions together.  And that they co-exist, so at times,  you will find a temple and shrine together. Buddhism  is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely […]