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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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People are different. Some abhor the hot summers, and shelter as best they can in air-conditioned cocoons. Others take it in stride, and even glory in the bright sunshine and cicada cacophony It helps to live in the countryside of course, away from the boiling asphalt, and the concrete that... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Only a Blockhead
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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. On a hot summer day, it immediately feels degrees cooler in the shade of... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Only a Blockhead
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A breeze ruffles leaves; sunlight trembles and dances on the window screens Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Light fades; heat remains During the hot summer nights Sleep is elusive Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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After this year’s extended rainy season, we finally exited that gloomy tunnel into what is so far 10 days and nights of dazzling heat here in Kanto, without a typhoon break so far. Heatwave! Cobalt sky Clouds boil from the horizon Sweat soaks the sunshine Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Sonic interlude: rain showers silence cicadas for the duration Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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When you step outside dazed cicadas burp and beat a clumsy retreat Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Right by the window Decibels of cicada Blazoning summer Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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After hissing heat a cooling jittery trill: evening cicadas Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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A seething chorus behind the min-min solo: summer symphony Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Cicadas waking Daytime buzzing, evening trill Singing of summer Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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This week we celebrate cicadas. Cicadas are the music of summer’s dazzling heat. Their high-pitched hiss accompanies the sweat of the day and the starry night. In the cooler dusk, and joining the morning chorus, the individual trilling jitter of another cicada species come to the fore. And now, when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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I live near sea stretching to the horizon among trees: groves and woods of them, so deep I don’t know the end of them with water raining from the sky, rushing down culverts, flooding paddies under sun and blue sky with clouds that sometimes glow like lanterns green growth rampant,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Weeding in the yard and noticing the wonder of the human hand The ogre is a mosquito coil burner from Kokonotsuido pottery studio in Ofuna. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Deep in the freezer Buried under vegetables Year-old popsicle If you don't live in Japan, the popsicle (UK: ice lolly) may not jump out at you. It's the package with the ubiquitous (in Japan) Garigari-kun character (garigari is an onomatopoeia for crunch crunch) with big teeth, the better to crunch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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After the rainstorm I dry out the kairanban* page by sodden page *kairanban: a binder with local newsletters and announcements of upcoming events, passed from house to house. Sometimes left stuck out of my mailbox when rain is forecast. Grr… Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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After a day-long bike ride through the countryside, the sweetest fatigue Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Summer noontime nap in front of the whirring fan with limbs akimbo Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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This week: as summer takes hold, daily life has surprises and special pleasures. Clothes lie by the road wind-whipped from a laundry pole but whose balcony Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Growing in water, this intense sunshine is all these young rice plants need Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Vanishing into undergrowth near the mailbox: the tail of a snake Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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A lizard, cautious, darts across the patio in fits… in… in starts Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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With elegant tentacles ivy embraces the old garden gate Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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Under a blue sky sunlight-dappled breeze-brushed green that shifts and shadows Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Only a Blockhead
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A weeded driveway: order wrested from chaos and a job well done Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Only a Blockhead