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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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  #139 New 11-09-2012 11:35 AM
black on black
Bebop High School


Think what was there but now's gone.
Black suit with the black Ray Ban's on.
Walk in shadow, move in silence
Will Smith, Men in Black


He recollected his initiation,
And one especially of the rites.
For on his shoulders they had put tattoos:
The group's name on the left, The Knights,
And on the right the slogan Born to Lose.
Thom Gunn, Black Jackets


We're doing mighty fine I do suppose
In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought to be a man in black
Johnny Cash, Man in Black

The other day in Tokyo I saw a young man wearing a black uniform. It was unusual because it had a letter embroidered on the back in black thread. It was black on black so it was easy to miss.

The black uniform is called a gakuran. It's a military-style uniform. Black uniforms all look the same so some students or groups add subtle individual details in the shape or the stitching. In the video below the band is wearing long jackets and baggy trousers like hakama. They look like a gang from the 1970s or 80s.

I wear a black hakama to do aikido. When I get a new one I get the name embroidered on the hip in Japanese kanji. Usually in grey or silver or dark yellow thread. But once I did get it in black. Black on black.

Niall


songs + poem + background article

Kishidan, One Night Carnival
Japanese band in gakuran


Johnny Cash, Man in Black


Will Smith, Men in Black


Thom Gunn, Black Jackets


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_school_uniform


photo: Bebop High School from muta's photostream


my home page with a mirror of these blog posts plus other stuff: mooninthewater.net/aikido


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niall matthews 2012
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to "black on black"
#2 11-20-2012 09:51 PM
niall Says:
Hi Francis. Thank you very much. Yellow on yellow sounds warm and beautiful!
#1 11-10-2012 09:43 AM
aikishihan Says:
Hey Niall, try Yellow on Yellow: The morning sun cleaves its path in the sky, Golden rows that stun the eye. It's days like these for which we're born, lovely sustenance, fields of corn. Amari kuroo o kakenaide kudasai.
 




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