This is Only a Blockhead's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Only a Blockhead's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Only a Blockhead
Chigasaki and Beverly
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Interests: books, art, photography, beauty, pleasure, the world, politics, everything, poetry
Recent Activity
A post from October 2008 to celebrate 10 years of this blog This morning the sky was pink and the sun broke the horizon as a blood-red orb. Fifteen minutes later, it was a blinding ivory sphere above the treetops. The green valley is brushed with rust. Last weekend it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Image
Past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead; this from 2009 In this season when the last of the rice, harvested and hung on poles to dry, is threshed in the paddies under brilliant sunshine when great banks of purple, red, and white cosmos daisies bloom the last... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead. This from 2007 In the last week, kinmokusei—Sweet Osmanthus—trees, bushes and hedges have begun to blossom with tiny yellow flowers. They are the opposite of, say, camellias, whose showy scarlet blooms have no scent. Kinmokusei flowers are relatively invisible,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Celebrating 10 years of Only A Blockhead, a collection of seasonal snapshots from past years Fall morning Spider's web under the eaves Shines like silk in the sunlight Wheeling flocks of sparrows glean the bare paddies now that harvest is done Brown sheaves of rice hang on poles drying in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
To celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead, a picture of the current month from 2007 October is a month of often beautiful days that have their own term in Japanese: akibare, a word meaning “autumn” and “fine,” and which conjures a cloudless blue sky and warm sunshine, together with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead. This from 2007. Sunny fall morning: A hunting mantis Reflected on tatami --Julian Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead Summer. Fall. The names of the seasons describe a cluster of symptoms but those symptoms overlap. I still hear the buzz of summer cicadas and see mosquitoes bouncing off the window screens. At the same time, I hear the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead; this from 2008 The higanbana spider lilies are coming into bloom. To my unprejudiced eyes, they've always been as beautiful as the daffodils they resemble in size: long green stalks with a spindly flower on top; splashes of scarlet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead. These from 2007; 2008; 2013 Children are back in school. Fireworks are half-priced at the neighborhood convenience store. On sunny days the pale blue sky is dappled with ivory cloud. Farmers have strung nets over the ripening rice; if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
A selection of past posts to celebrate ten years of Only A Blockhead. Summer is on the wane. Discarded cicada shells, brown and brittle, stud the outside walls of the house. When the sun burns down, the buzz of cicadas cascades from the tree tops, filling the valley with sound.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
It was a hot July day, and if it had been up to me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Well, today (Wednesday, August 23) is the day: the final game of the Koshien summer high school baseball tournament. And right on time to give context, an excellent Guardian article by Justin McCurry about Koshien’s mystique and enduring place in Japan’s culture. --Julian Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The crape myrtles are in bloom: the signature flower of the movie Aruite mo, aruite mo (English title: Still Walking), which is about a family reunion over the August Obon holidays. This brilliant film is specifically Japanese, but resonates with our common humanity. This is some of what the film... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead. The (O)bon holiday began today under unseasonably cloudy skies. The following was written in hotter times (2007; 2009; 2013). Here in Kanagawa, the Bon Festival of the Dead is held in the middle of August. Clouds of dragonflies dart... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Celebrating 10 years of Only A Blockhead by revisiting some past posts Summer in central Japan is hot and humid. To compensate for the discomfort, it's also a time of special pleasures. One of the greatest is the local fireworks show, and it’s a point of pride for a town... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Some past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only A Blockhead. White clouds mass in the blue sky; The bright sun beats down A large black butterfly flits through the garden; Creepers climb the hedge Bill Evans’ "Solo – In Memory of His Father, Prologue" and the lazy rattle of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Celebrating 10 years of Only A Blockhead with a selection of past posts In Japan, as the skies clear and the heat builds at the end of July, wherever there are trees, the daylight hours are accompanied by a loud, high-pitched background hiss, urgent and relentless. The constant hot buzz... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
A selection of past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only a Blockhead. The rainy season was declared over a week ago. School is out. It is officially summer. It is hot and humid. Sweat beads on the skin with the slightest exertion. The first cicadas are hissing in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
Revisiting past posts to celebrate ten years of Only A Blockhead. “Hamaorisai” (meaning “down to the beach”) is Chigasaki’s biggest annual festival, and it was this week. This post combined material from 2011, 2014 and 2017. As everywhere in Japan, Shinto shrines protect our local countryside. “Mikoshi” portable shrines from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
Here are some past posts to mark Only a Blockhead’s 10th anniversary: A storm this afternoon sent me back to this account from eight years ago. (Sudden Shower at Shono by Hiroshige; Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons) Occasionally on a sunny day during the rainy season, there is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
It’s July, and I cycle to the beach each morning for a swim before breakfast. On a weekday, I’m almost the only person there. There may be a jogger, a dog walker, or a lifeguard somehow managing with effortless skill to stand on his board ahead of the smallest wave... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
A selection of past posts to celebrate 10 years of Only a Blockhead Today is the Tanabata star festival. It is traditionally on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, but July 7 is the date used here in Kanto. Businesses and public buildings already sport large decorated bamboo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Image
A digest of past posts to mark Only a Blockhead’s 10th anniversary On this cloudy, blustery morning, the placid clumps of green rice shoots that grid the glassy paddies are whipped into frenzied animation. (2007) The night was sultry. I woke to a mosquito buzzing past my ear. I brought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Only a Blockhead