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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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The smoke and smell of burning leaves: autumn incense Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Only a Blockhead
Scratched across the afternoon the brown-eared bulbul’s undulating screech Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
October morning: Sporatic gunshots as a neighbor burns bamboo Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Onsen town Shuzenji Arai Ryokan Wabi sabi to the max! I asked a friend if she recommended a ryokan in Shuzenji and she said Arai. When I asked why, she began by saying it’s perfect… I stopped her; it was reason enough! She did suggest asking for a room by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Ryokan: burnished patina; life catered with understated beauty Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
From the trees above the outdoor bath Plop! A drop of last night’s rain Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Sunrise The outdoor bath to ourselves A private happiness Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Pillowy futons set out for sleep; the sound of the rushing river Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Ryokan dinner: cut of sanma*; sliver of matsutake* autumn treasures *sanma: Pacific saury, or mackerel pike (abundant; cheap) *matsutake: a pungent wild mushroom (wildly expensive) Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
This week’s observations are from a stay at a ryokan inn: name and location revealed in the final post. We cycled there. Exquisitely welcomed; Bicycles parked outside the elegant doors Great bath, cathedral Thick pillars taller than a house Glorious gloom Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning My partner sleeps The house is mine! Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning dew evaporates in the early sun Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning at the side of the road a wasp quietly dies Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning a truck races by bound for the work site Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning a solitary crow keeps on cawing Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning birds chatter, a single cricket chirps Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
In the still of the morning birdsong, the bleat of a hungry goat Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Cooler evenings; a first whiff of kerosene* from a nearby house *paraffin (UK) Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Calm between the storms; In the paddies, farmers take up the stalled harvest Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Riding by, a whiff of sweet osmanthus But where is the bush? Ah, there! The flowers of the local variety of sweet osmanthus are tiny and orange and just now coming into bloom. They’re mostly hidden among leaves, so you sometimes need to search for the source of their powerful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the typhoon my rain-drenched bicycle squawks like a seagull Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the typhoon chainsaw in the bamboo grove clearing the fallen Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
After the typhoon trees, branches down and the bitter smell of shredded leaves Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Morning Quiet valley Peace shattered Corvine uproar! Maelstrom of caws! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Only a Blockhead
Sunshine after days of rain: Balconies festooned with laundry deferred Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at Only a Blockhead