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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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  #109 New 04-07-2012 02:47 AM
Titanic by joshfred90

Each man makes his own shipwreck | naufragium sibi quisque facit
Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, The Civil War

The Westerly Wind asserting his sway from the south-west quarter is often like a monarch gone mad, driving forth with wild imprecations the most faithful of his courtiers to shipwreck, disaster, and death.
Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea | tranquillas etiam naufragus horret aquas
Ovid, Letters from Pontus

My visions were of shipwreck and famine; of death or captivity among barbarian hordes; of a lifetime dragged out in sorrow and tears, upon some gray and desolate rock, in an ocean unapproachable and unknown.
Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Jerry: Expect a call.
George: Oh my god he's not kidding.
Jerry: Now I should tell you at this point she's under the impression that you are a…
George: A what?
Jerry: A marine biologist.
George: A marine biologist...? Why am I a marine biologist?
Jerry: I may have mentioned it.
George: But I'm not a marine biologist!
Jerry: I'm aware of that.
George: So?
Jerry: You don't think it's a good job?
George: I didn't think it was a job.

Seinfeld, The Marine Biologist episode

A hundred years ago the Titanic sank. A forensic astronomer thinks it was because on 4 January 1912 the moon came close to the earth. The closest for 1400 years. And the day before the earth had been at its closest point to the sun on its annual orbit. This combination of super-high tides and the extra heat led to a dangerous breaking up of ice fields. Many icebergs broke off and floated south into the shipping lanes of the north Atlantic. One of them to a fatal meeting with the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912.

Wait. Step back a moment. A forensic astronomer?! I didn't know that was a job. Sounds very cool.

Shipwrecks. Shipwrecks and castaways played surprising and important roles in the opening of Japan to the world. The Dutch ship Liefde arrived in Kyushu in 1600. It was the only surviving ship of the original fleet of five. Hundreds of sailors were lost. William Adams was on the Liefde. He was the first Englishman in Japan.

Christopher and Cosmas were the first Japanese to cross the Pacific ocean. They also crossed the Indian ocean on their way to London. Later their ship was lost at sea.

Otokichi was a Japanese castaway who eventually travelled to London. He returned to Japan as part of the fleet that negotiated the Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty.

John Manjiro was a Japanese boy. He was rescued and brought to the USA after his fishing boat was wrecked. Later he was a member of the first Japanese Embassy sent to the United States by the Tokugawa shogunate.

The founder of judo Jigoro Kano died at sea. Not in a shipwreck. But there was a suspicion that he might have been poisoned…

Anniversaries give us a chance to pause and to remember. The founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba died on 26 April 1969. Every year on the 29 April national holiday there is an anniversary event at the Aiki Shrine in Iwama.


Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, The Civil War
Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia | Latin original

Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea

Ovid, Letters from Pontus
Ovid, Epistolae ex Ponto | Latin original

Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3

background articles

Interesting discussion on judoforum about Japanese Imperial Military Martial Arts including comments about the death of Jigoro Kano. Also aikido and aikijujutsu.

art: Titanic by joshfred90 http://joshfred90.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2kcy96
joshfred90's gallery on deviantart: http://joshfred90.deviantart.com/gallery/

RMS means Royal Mail Ship

shipwreck poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins on my blog

my home page with a mirror of these blog posts:

my columns on aikiweb

I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.

© niall matthews 2012
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#2 04-20-2012 11:11 AM
niall Says:
Hi Billy. Yes the Titanic was very important in Belfast. I don't know Matthews Street. But because it's in Shimoda I think it's probably Matthew's Street and it's named for Commodore Matthew Perry who came to Japan with the Black Ships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew...naval_officer) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Ships http://izu-sakuraya.jp/english/trave...kshipfestival/
#1 04-16-2012 01:20 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall: A very interesting blog and great photo with a view from the stern of the ship. From my family history, I am named after my great uncle Billy McAuley, he was an engineer on the Titanic, I am told he suffered from Malaria and was ill at the time of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. I always remember Matthews street in Shimoda. Can you tell me a bit about him? Nice to have a street in Japan with your name!! Best as always: Your friend, Billy

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