Monday, January 9, 2017

A Tanka

一粒の向日葵の種まきしのみに荒野をわれの処女地と呼びき (寺山修司)
(hitotsubuno himawarinotane makishinomini kouyaowareno shojochitoyobiki)

Only planting a seed of sunflower has made me call the open space my virgin land.

Blessed are those who have a seed of sunflower in your hand.
On Coming-of-Age Day in Japan.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Haiku

葱買て枯木の中を帰りけり (与謝蕪村)
(Negikoute karekinonakao kaerikeri)

Bought green onions and went home through naked trees.

It ushers us into a Japanese hearth.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

My favorite Dylan's song

Dylan's Nobel makes me think of what literature is. The singer's achievement gives me a sense of freedom that literature is not only within books. Any words could be something wonderful, just as "the answer is blowin' in the wind."

Here is my favorite Dylan's song:
    

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"The Darkness"

One day, catching the sound of a Dylan’s song through the speaker, a Canadian teacher mentioned a singer from the country. I have heard his name before but I have not much listened to his music.

Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer and poet. He wrote as follows:
“I caught the darkness. It was drinking from your cup.”

Please listen to his deep voice.
What is the darkness? Is it something between you and me?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Captions (Part 2)

You can see a sacred tree called “bodaiju”. I went to Sri Lanka this summer. These pictures were taken at ශ්රී දළදා මාළිගාව; Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). Local people gather around this tree and sit spending their time. The tree must have seen the elephant, the rooster, the chickens, the running boy, the little sister, the dog, people over the fence, the cleaning boy, and me taking photographs.

Captions (Part 1)


I saw an elephant in a town. People are watching him or her. A big animal attracts people. It looks like a zoo, but it is a temple.
I found a brown rooster behind motorbikes. It looks like a male because of the shape of its head. I wonder why he stays in such a narrow space.
I entered the temple and saw two white chickens running around. They are very active even in the glaring sunshine. It is a very hot summer day.
I heard cheerful voices. A boy and a girl who seem to be a family are laughing. They are chasing the two white chickens. At another moment, I saw the two chickens chasing that brown rooster out of the place.
A dog is sleeping in the shade of a tree. The tree gives comfort, but if I were this dog, I would not sleep in such an open space. Dogs seem to be able to sleep anywhere.
Inside the temple, I am closer to the elephant than people talking over the fence.
A boy is cleaning in front of the stairs. Could you see sandals or shoes beside the stairs? He goes barefoot. People need to go barefoot here. What could you see upstairs?