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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 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 General sounds of summer Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #78 New 08-18-2011 10:01 PM
sounds of summer
cicada by mondays child used under creative commons licence

In many ways, baseball was perfectly suited to the Japanese. Before the Meiji Era, the very idea of recreational sport was nonexistent in Japan. The physical arts that were practiced were military in nature: swordsmanship, archery, horse riding, etc. Some say that these Japanese arts lacked a team element, and this new game fit well in a culture where group harmony is paramount. Maybe it helped that baseball has, at its heart, a powerful one-on-one confrontation between pitcher and batter, not unlike Kendo, Judo, Sumo and other martial arts. Perhaps it helped that the baseball bat could be handled much like the wooden swords used in Kendo. Many say that the complexity and strategy of baseball, and the time to consider strategy before and after each move, is what makes baseball so appealing to the Japanese. What is clear is that baseball has reached a place of prominence in Japan that nobody could have foreseen.
Kokoyakyu High School Baseball

a cicada shell
it sang itself
utterly away

Matsuo Basho

a cicada sends
its sawing song
high into the empty air
the world is
a glass overflowing
with water

Pablo Neruda, Ode to Enchanted Light

Pigeon friend of mine,
Fly on, sing on.

Carl Sandburg, Pigeon

蝉が鳴き semi ga naki
球児が泣いた kyuuji ga naita
甲子園 koushien

cicadas crying
and baseball players crying
their last koshien

In Japan the peak heat of summer has passed. But every morning you can still hear the cicadas. And the pigeons and crows. The other day a car alarm went off and the cicadas seemed to reply.

One of the biggest Japanese sports events of the year is held in August. It's the National High School Baseball Championship, called Koshien for short. It is always held at the Hanshin Tigers Koshien baseball stadium between Osaka and Kobe. It's the essence of sport. Full of drama and excitement yet still pure and innocent. As the first epigraph quotation explains baseball distills down to a duel. An ultimate duel between pitcher and batter. High school baseball is a team sport. But in Japan it's also a martial art.

On the last day after the final the siren sounds to end a game for the last time. Until next year. It's the sound of summer ending.


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RSS Feed 33 Responses to "sounds of summer"
#3 08-19-2011 12:26 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Just started to read the links and came upon the Osaka Diary cultural notes: re: the one on beer vending machines. The first time meeting the friends of a friend of mine, we were walking down a street and saw one and I suddenly bowed. "That's my first Japanese teacher." They all stopped too and for a few seconds thought I had met Toshiro Mifune...."in the movies..." I added. Sometimes one just has to lighten the atmosphere a bit...
#2 08-19-2011 07:30 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Francis. I played rounders when I was a small boy. I think you bat one-handed. Tao in the Yankee Stadium Bleachers by John Updike.
#1 08-19-2011 03:13 AM
aikishihan Says:
Lets also hear it for Merry Old England, shan't we, for taking credit for the invention of what we now call baseball. A women's game called "Rounders" is what I have read that eventually came to both Japan and the United States in the late 1800's. Abner Doubleday did NOT invent baseball, sadly enough, but it is cool to see how it flourishes in both Japan and the U.S.A. today. Neat article Niall!

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