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TILT (verb): STRIKE, THRUST, OR RUN AT, WITH A WEAPON, ESPECIALLY IN JOUSTING
If you look into your own mind, which are you, Don Quixote or Sancho Panza? Almost certainly you are both. There is one part of you that wishes to be a hero or a saint, but another part of you is a fat little man who sees very clearly the advantages of staying alive with a whole skin. He is your unofficial self, the voice of the belly protesting against the soul, his tastes lie towards safety, soft beds, no work, pots of beer and women with "voluptuous" figures.
Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
If you're going to play with Quixote you really got to play with Quixote. And those were windmills that came along. Those were giants, they killed us once but we're going to come back.
Terry Gilliam, talking about making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
From Man of La Mancha, To Dream the Impossible Dream
Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Rosinante and oré
Uchoten Hotel/Suite Dreams (oré is Japanese for me in casual men's language)
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
This week in Japan a popular television personality and presenter whose name I do not wish to recall(1) suddenly reti
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
a cicada sends
its sawing song
high into the empty air
the world is
a glass overflowing
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
and baseball players crying
her face hidden by a straw hat
Japanese phrase describing a mysterious beautiful woman 夜眼遠目笠之内 yome tome kasa no uchi
Samurai are forbidden to attend the public celebration. They may dance on their own premises but must keep the gates shut. No quarrels, arguments or other misbehaviour are allowed.
Edict of Tokushima han, 1671
The dancers are fools
The watchers are fools
Both are fools alike so
Why not dance
Awa odori song
Remember me when I am dead
and simplify me when I'm dead
As the processes of earth
strip off the colour and the skin.
take the brown hair and blue eye
and leave me simpler than at birth,
when hairless I came howling in
as the moon entered the cold sky.
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
Death shall have no dominion.
This week is obon. Many people return to their home towns. They clean the family graves and remember their dead relatives.
As an aside I was at a funeral recently. There are many subtle things going on at a Japanese f
Hale dead and deathless do the women of the hill
Love for ever meridian through the courters' trees
And the daughters of darkness flame like Fawkes fires still
Dylan Thomas, In the white giant's thigh
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
V for Vendetta
Bang! Bang! Bang!
boom boom boom
even brighter than the moon moon moon
Katy Perry, Firework
Fireworks is a strange word. Works is the same word as the works of a watch. The Japanese word is fire flowers. In Japan there are many large public fireworks displays in the summer. There are famous displays in Tokyo on the Sumida river and in Odaiba on the Tokyo Bay waterfront. Many displays are on water. People sit on riverbanks or shores or around lakes and watch the dramatic displays and reflections in the water. Many people wear yukata - casual summer cotton kimonos. I'm from England so I associate fireworks with crisp November nights and Guy Fawkes.
The same families have sometimes been in the world of fireworks for generations in a kind of iemoto system similar to martial arts. Traditional fireworks are made in the form of b