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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 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Country diary at Only a Blockhead
Bamboo shoots began to pop up on the fringes of the grove this morning, two weeks later than usual. J and R came to dig them, for themselves and for their parents. The parents are in their 80s, and their pleasure in life, by all accounts, is enjoying the progress... Continue reading
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Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The cherry blossoms are now bowing out in a flurry of petals. A breath of breeze and single petals spiral down; a gust of wind and hundreds fill the air before blanketing the water, or chasing furiously, then eddying in pools on the ground. I spent most of the week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The cherry blossoms are here for their all-too-brief few days of glory. Anticipation was building. It’s an event important enough to be celebrated on seasonal beer cans. The art captures both the clouds of pink from a distance, and the close-up flowers you see when you sit or stroll under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Rain darkens, sharpens the clouds of pink blossom And instead puts pillows of pure white around Oyama’s peak --Julian Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Your post is inspirational. It pushed me out the door to do my own tour d'Shonan, from Kamakura Station to Enoshima to Chigasaki. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2017 on A whiter shade of pale at Only a Blockhead
The pale pink somei yoshino cherry blossoms in the Shonan area will be at their best this coming weekend, unfortunately coinciding with a forecast of rain. I rode around yesterday, beginning at Chigasaki Southern Beach. The Eboshi Iwa rock, symbol of our town, is the blip on the horizon. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
A flute playing traditional music under a highway bridge A woman picking edible wild plants by the roadside A monk in robes and a conical hat, chanting outside someone’s front door. A man wearing gaudy samurai armor, and another wearing just the shoulder pads, walking past a convenience store. An... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Red wine in a warm room on a cold evening Assailed by a sense of wellbeing, I stare at its cause with profound gratitude, then grab a pencil and write down the essence of the experience, amazed at the insight the grape makes possible. The next morning, I find a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
On the Yugawara to Hakone road, I passed signs to the Shitodo no Iwaya cave, and decided to bite. I parked the bicycle and hiked down a long trail lined with stone lanterns and dozens of identical statues of monks. Each monk was housed in a stone shelter, but when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I found this sign outside the back door of a bar in Yugawara, where I had taken my folding bicycle to explore the road that climbs from the coast to Hakone. These days, with a good, cheap cup just a convenience store away, anything is possible, anywhere, anytime. I parted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
(clockwise from top left: plum; camellia; narcissus) --Julian Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The 11 o’clock siren. (I look up from my work and think, “Ah, it’s 11 o’clock.) After making a ruckus in the tree over the road, a crow flies elegantly, soundlessly over the house and takes up its grumbling in the trees behind. Loudspeaker chimes. An elderly resident somewhere in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
3 a.m. The newspaper delivery scooter buzzes from house to house, mailbox to mailbox. Sometime before dawn, an owl hoots. 6:30 a.m. The bell of the nearby temple is rung three times, resonating across the fields and down the centuries. The sun’s up, and the neighbor’s cat seems out of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Cold; In the orchard plum blossom multiplied by dry, fat flakes of snow --Julian Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Just got mail from a nephew (Sunday midnight UK time). Describing a triathlon, he said, “The swim was a poo.” I thought he was criticizing in vivid slang, until I realized he’d left the last letter off the sentence and was saying where they swam. But I like it as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I’m passing on a Thought of the Day that I came across. This is the start of something big… Inequality eats away at the heart of a society, breeding disdain, resentment, envy, suspicion, bullying, arrogance and callousness. If we want a decent future we have to push away from that,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
These are the chilliest days, and they offer some of life’s greatest pleasures. First, visit the public bath. Time spent immersed in pools of hot water after washing well warms the body to the core. That’s pleasure enough, but there’s a greater one: walking outside in the cold afterward. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Mount Fuji with Enoshima island in the foreground. (And paddle boarders in the ffground.) The camera tilt betrays the Chigasaki-brewed One on One (by Barbaric Works, their best IPA yet) consumed at yesterday’s vegetarian chili cook-off at nearby Beach Muffin. --Julian Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
As 2016 drew to a close, The Guardian had a counter-intuitive article about positive trends in the world. At the same time as the media reports of war, as we continue to do too little to stop climate change, as inequality widens, it seems important to also know that… War:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Only a Blockhead