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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
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Posted 2 hours ago at Only a Blockhead
Social lubrication The default daily greeting “Atsui des’ ne” * * “It’s hot, isn’t it!” Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
Summer is a blast! Decibels of cicada right outside the window! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Unlike the forests which sing with cicadas bamboo groves are silent I noticed, cycling past bamboo groves, that they were eerily quiet compared to the cacophony in the trees to each side. Cicadas lay their eggs in the bark of trees. Bamboos, being grass (though tall as trees), have no... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Over these Obon* holidays there are decorated boxes outside gates with sleek cucumber steeds to speed ancestors back to this world, and heavy eggplant oxen to port them slowly and safely home again *Festival of the Dead: this year approximately August 13 to 16 in this area Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Three T-shirts a day; three showers: Survival at the height of summer Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Summer rain: By the green paddy, red dragonfly darts through falling drops Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Yay, August! It’s summer vacation! These are the happy, happy days!! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Lively after the storm, the river ripples cool in the blinding heat Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
A motorbike zooms up the road A dragonfly zooms past the window Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
With typhoon nearby… …gusty wind; sporadic rain; unstable weather …it’s hard to concentrate on what you want to do …discipline dissolves into general antsiness Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Typhoon time out Temperatures back in the comfort zone Summer on hold "time out; comfort zone; on hold" As the roads we walk are the roads of our forebearers The thoughts I have are thoughts bequeathed Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Typhoon approaching: Distant thunder; ghost lightning Calm before the storm Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
The wisdom of Tokugawa: A hot road is cooler under trees In the early 1600s, the Tokugawa shogunate set up a system of highways from the provinces to Edo, its capital. These roads had cedar trees planted on each side to provide shade for travelers. What wisdom! Walking or cycling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
These are the hot summer nights. Evening cicadas trill Light fades; heat remains Sleep is elusive Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
When I leave home, disturbed cicadas croak and blunder clumsy retreat Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Red crape myrtle everywhere The flowers the kids reach for in Still Walking Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Carried on the breeze: The pungent deep green scent of grass mown yesterday Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the typhoon, the heat waves on Temperatures break 30 degrees; cicadas approach a crescendo Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the storm hot sun, clear air, blue sky; clouds boil into sculpted towers Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the storm, Drying out the kairanban* page by page in the sun * A kairanban is a folder, with bulletins and copies of city hall newsletters, that’s passed around from house to house in a neighborhood association to keep us appraised of local news and events. We are second... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Typhoon passing: rain sheets and wind shudders and rattles this porous house Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
The gathering typhoon silences summer and soaks a thirsty soil Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Glass mirrors no more, the paddies are green meadows ruffled by the breeze The next stage of growth is when rice heads sprout. Stay tuned. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
T-shirt gallery: One more load of summer laundry flapping on the line Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Only a Blockhead