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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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Summer invites long cycle rides. When I reach the beach, the sky opens out; no wonder people want to be by the sea in summer. At a convenience store, people are buying food, drink, bags of ice for BBQs, fishing, a family day out. The other day a friend ducked... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Only a Blockhead
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A hot highway is cooler under trees: wisdom of Tokugawa Photo: Felice Beato, 1865 via Wikimedia Commons 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... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
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Mid-August: temperatures break 30 degrees; cicadas approach a crescendo Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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In the wakeful night typhoon rain sheets, and wind rattles this porous house Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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At a neighbor’s house A car with Akita* plates! Obon** visitor * Akita Prefecture, a serious 650-kilometer drive away, is as far north as you can get on the mainland. **Obon, a Festival of the Dead -- approximately August 13 to 16 in this area -- is a time when... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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The typhoon’s torrents silence summer and soak a thirsty soil Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Typhoon time out Temperatures back in the comfort zone Summer on hold Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Three fresh T-shirts a day; three showers: survival at the height of summer Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Friends are so different. Some abhor the hot summers and shelter as best they can in air-conditioned cocoons. Others take it in stride, and even (like me) glory in the bright sunshine and cicada cacophony. After this year’s long rainy season, we exited that gloomy tunnel into what is so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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When you step outside dazed cicadas croak and blunder clumsy retreat Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Crape myrtle in bloom The flowers the children reach for in Still Walking Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Carried on the breeze: the pungent deep green scent of grass mown yesterday Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Right by the window Decibels of cicada: A blast of summer Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Social lubricant The default daily greeting “Atsui desu ne” * * “It’s hot, isn’t it!” Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Unlike the forests which sing with cicadas bamboo groves are silent Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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These are the hot summer nights. Light fades; heat remains Evening cicadas trill Sleep is elusive Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Flying high in a cloudless azure sky a piece of airborne plastic Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Heatwave! Cobalt sky, hot sun and clouds boiling up from the horizon Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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T-shirt gallery: one more load of summer laundry flapping on the line Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 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 30, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Summer: tatami nap in front of the whirring fan limbs akimbo Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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A lizard, cautious darts across the patio in fits… in… in starts Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Summer I live near a briny sea stretching to the horizon, apparently infinite among trees that surround houses and fields: groves and woods of them, many so deep I don’t know the end of them with water raining from the sky, rushing down culverts, flooding paddies on the valley floor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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After hissing heat a cooling jittery trill: evening cicadas Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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The seething chorus joined by a min-min solo: summer symphony Forgive my obsession with cicadas. They are the aural palette of summer, ever present, the brilliant music of the dazzling heat. The high-pitched hiss of massed cicada is the default sound that accompanies the sweaty day and on into a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Only a Blockhead