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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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Entries: 155
Comments: 1,111
Views: 1,009,718


Entries for the Month of October 2011

In General luck and pomegranates Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #88 New 10-28-2011 10:45 AM
luck and pomegranates
Nara: Tōdai-ji - Daibutsuden - Omamori by Wally Gobetz used under creative commons licence

The harder you practice the luckier you get.
Gary Player (professional golfer)

Arma virumque cano - I sing of arms and the man
Virgil, The Aeneid

Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
R E Shay

The Greeks have snatched up their spears.
They have pointed the helms of their ships
Toward the bulwarks of Troy.

Euripides, Iphigeneia in Aulis translated by Hilda Doolittle

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Someone I know just got back from a trip to Turkey. I heard about the sense of history at the site of Troy. It is in Anatolia. That area used to be called Asia Minor. And I was given a souvenir. A lucky charm. It is supposed to protect me against the evil eye. The evil eye is a curse or harmful wish. So it is not really a good luck charm. It's to protect me against evil specifically directed at me.

In Japan an amulet or lucky charm is called an omamori おまもり お守り. You can get them at shrines and temples. Some of them are also for specific kinds ...More Read More
Views: 3370 | Comments: 8

In General freedom, ashes and diamonds Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #87 New 10-21-2011 10:36 AM
freedom, ashes and diamonds
still of Zbigniew Cybulski from Ashes and Diamonds from the collection of bswise, used under creative commons licence

you know not if flames bring freedom or death
Cyprian Norwid, Polish poet

What had the Caesars but their thrones?
W B Yeats, Demon and Beast

And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom
W H Auden, In Memory of W B Yeats

I believe in the freedom song
I'll choose my own destiny

Thin Lizzy, Freedom Song

We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are.
Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher

I think we practice to achieve dynamic movement and a freedom that lies within that movement.
Seishiro Endo Sensei, aikido teacher

The Arab Spring has turned into summer and autumn and winter. Throughout history leaders blinded by hubris have underestimated the groundswell of the desire for freedom.

In the 1980s the fall of communism was also called the Autumn of Nations. Some of the first rumblings began in Poland. The trade union Solidarity sparked a broad-based movement for social change. It's Polish name Solidarność was written in dripping red letters. In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the USSR and advocated a new mood of perestroika, economic restructuring and glasnost, openness. The eventual result was the fall of communism.

The quotation in the first epigraph at the top of this article is from a poem by Cyprian Norwid. The poem is inscribed ...More Read More
Views: 5205 | Comments: 5

In General silent running Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #86 New 10-14-2011 08:37 AM
silent running
Silent running by Hans Pama used under creative commons licence

There are three reasons I failed. Not enough training. Not enough training. And not enough training.
Haruki Murakami

We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
Emil Zátopek, Czech long-distance runner

I train for good luck.
Arturo Barrios, Mexican long-distance runner

Even activities that appear fruitless don't necessarily end up so.
Haruki Murakami

"I find," he said, "that one needs some one really pure single activity."
D H Lawrence, Women in Love

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a short book by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. It is a real pleasure to read. I mentioned him in passing in my column Indigo Blue about the colour blue in Japanese culture. The title is an hommage to a book of short stories by Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Murakami's book is not a novel or a short story. It's a kind of notebook of his thoughts about running and writing and life. Some parts of it were originally written for magazines and it is very readable and very interesting. It is not really a book for runners but if you run you might appreciate it on a different level. Murakami writes very clearly and simply. He is honest about his running and about himself. He is very aware. And writing something down helps him to understand it.

Murakami talks ...More Read More
Views: 4216 | Comments: 5

In General chestnuts + tokyo olympics Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #85 New 10-07-2011 07:39 AM
chestnuts + tokyo olympics
Kurigohan by ikuman used under creative commons licence

You fell,
you struck
the ground,
nothing happened,
the grass
still stirred, the old
chestnut sighed with the mouths
of a forest of trees,
a red leaf of autumn fell,
resolutely, the hours marched on
across the earth

Pablo Neruda, Ode to a Chestnut on the Ground

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me:
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree

George Orwell, 1984


kurimeshi ya
byounin nagara

Rice cooked with chestnuts
Even though I'm sick
I can't stop eating it!

haiku by Shiki Masaoka

I usually eat cereal and fruit for breakfast. But most Japanese people I know eat rice. Several Japanese people who do sports or budo seriously have told me that you get more energy from eating rice. I heard that Ichiro, the great Japanese baseball player who plays for the Seattle Mariners, eats curry with rice every morning. Ichiro is famous for his work ethic and his meticulous preparation. So it is probably based on scientific research or at least his considerable experience. But I don't think I can face curry for breakfast.

It's the season for chestnuts. Marrons in French and kuri in Japanese. They are often cooked together with the rice to make kuri gohan. Chestnut rice. It is very, very good. Most Japanese people cook rice in an electric r ...More Read More
Views: 3253 | Comments: 10

In General the last game Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #84 New 09-30-2011 12:03 PM
the last game
old ball by Takuya Abe used under creative commons licence

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on; on; and out of sight.

Siegfried Sassoon, Everyone Sang

The language of the game is interesting. You can think of the pauses as caesuras, breaks between the lines. As a poem the game is composed of a number of short lines representing the pitches. The number of lines per batter form a stanza. Then there is a space. Sometimes the stanzas become breathless, rushing full paragraphs that build rapidly on each other until the poem-inning explodes.
Andrei Codrescu

In baseball, home plate is where you begin your journey and also your destination. You venture out onto the bases, to first and second and third, always striving to return to the spot from which you began. There is danger on the basepath - pick-offs, rundowns, force-outs, double plays - and safety only back at home. I am not saying, as a true fan would, that baseball is the key to life; rather, life is the key to baseball. We play or watch this game because it draws pictures of our desires.
Scott Sanders

Calamus Gladio Fortior - The pen is mightier than the sword
Motto of Keio University

I'm British. So I don't know much about baseball. I picked up the rules roughly by occasionally listening to games on the armed forces radio in Japan. The announcers wer ...More Read More
Views: 3038 | Comments: 5

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