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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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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In Miscellaneous Earthquake 5: Black Rain Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #51 New 03-21-2011 09:31 AM
Earthquake 5: Black Rain
photo: Walk in the Rain | Yurakucho Tokyo http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjustin/4347672891/ by Justin C used under creative commons licence

il pleure dans mon coeur
comme il pleut sur la ville

it's raining in my heart
like the rain falling on the city
Paul Verlaine

It was raining today.

Black Rain has a meaning in Japanese - the fallout from a nuclear bomb. 黒い雨 Kuroi Ame was a 1965 novel by Masuji Ibuse about the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. It was made into a movie with the same title directed by Shohei Imamura. The film was very well-received critically. The wikipedia entry about it says,

The film has a strong theme of the Buddhist beliefs on the suffering in life, that things are transient and the uncertainty of the time of one's death.

Then Hollywood used the same title for an action thriller directed by Ridley Scott. Black Rain is a cool title but in Japanese it's inextricably associated with the novel and with Hiroshima. The Japanese movie Kuroi Ame came out in May 1989 and the Hollywood movie Black Rain came out in September 1989. The American movie starred Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Yusaku Matsuda and Ken Takakura. It's not a great film but it is enjoyable and it's also memorable as the last performance of the cool and charismatic Japanese actor Yusaku Masuda. He had cancer and he died on 6 November 1989 soon after the movie's premiere aged thirty-nine.

Il pleure dans mon coeur by Paul Verlaine

articles about the novel and the movies and Yusaku Matsuda

trailer for the thriller Black Rain with cool music by Hans Zimmer

No special news about the earthquake today. Please see my earlier posts for links to information sources and how to donate.

niall matthews 2011
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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "Earthquake 5: Black Rain"
#4 03-22-2011 04:25 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. You are always very positive. Yes, rain can be a cleansing thing! Very cool songs too.
#3 03-22-2011 04:19 AM
niall Says:
Thank you, Francis. I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to use that title. Finally I went with my instinct because of the rain.
#2 03-21-2011 02:15 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Niall, The rain of today was a cleaning rain,it washes up all the fears of past days, things will become better, people in Japan need to hope and begin to rebuild. Life is a circle, sometimes you are on the bottom, but everytime it goes up again. Just like in aikido you fall down and everytime stand up again Thank you very much for another great post!
#1 03-21-2011 11:37 AM
aikishihan Says:
Hi Niall, Although your choice of titles for an article is somber, and may be evocative of negative feelings that are repressed or forgotten, it does serve as a powerful reminder of the fragile and tenuous relationship we will always have with the forces and whims of nature. Let us not forget the lessons of the past, if only to avoid repeating them in the future. Let us hope that there are enough of us to do the job correctly. Thanks again for your timely updates and fascinating articles.

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