Posts Tagged autumn

Feast for the eyes. Because life moves pretty fast

News of a different sort today, because I’m tired of the barrage of yapping about the various crises – the banking crisis, the Euro crisis, the nuclear crisis, etc.,… Long ago Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” He could have said, “Crises you will always have with you, but this beauty isn’t going to stick around and wait for you to pay attention to it.” Or, as Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast…”

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Recent chills of December at last rapidly accelerated the delayed changing of Japanese maple leaves to vermilion and crimson.

via Stardust English Talk: Autumn giving way to winter after the final burst of glow.

No words necessary.

 

 


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Autumn Glory in Japan – photo roundup

I have the honour of knowing personally some great Japanese amateur photographers and bloggers. These ladies blog in English which is not their native language (I blush to think of the results if I tried blogging in Japanese), and they do a great job, don’t you think?

Let me introduce some of them to you via their most recent blog entries, all on the subject of the changing of the leaves:

  1. Chambered Nautilus’ Blog This temple, the blog entry tells me, is home to the grave of James Kirkup, a British poet and writer who lived 30 years in Japan (click here for his obituary in the Guardian).

    Jyojakko-ji, (常寂光寺), a temple located in NW Kyoto prefecture

  2. Cosmos English Writing Blog

    Gorge, Yoshino, Nara - from Cosmos English writing blog. Click photo to see it in full size.

  3. Green Tomato

    Gingko trees in Tenri City, Nara, Japan

  4. One Time One Meeting

    Pagoda and rice field, Nara, Japan

  5. Sarah’s English Writing Blog

    Red leaves' reflection - Todaiji, Nara, Japan

  6. Stardust English Talk

    Nara, Japan


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Autumn twilight

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Autumn at Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex

In a November 4th article in the Daily Yomiuri, Mike Guest wrote about marked language: “phrases like, “Japan’s four seasons” instead of the seasons, or “American joke” for any joke told by a foreigner. Marked by redundancy. ”

Many Japanese will insist that Japan is unique because it has four seasons, and if pushed will admit that other countries do too, but that in Japan the seasons are very clearly distinguished!

And how right they are. As you can see from the photo, autumn in Britain is a very mundane affair, and no different from the other 3 seasons which are all equally miserable and quite undistinguished, even indistinguishable from each other. Autumn colours? What autumn colours?? (See more dull photos here and here).

Ode to Autumn” – John Keats (1819)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind,
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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