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Japanese traditional means of keeping cool – wind and water

wind chimes 風鈴 (fuurin)

wind chimes 風鈴 (fuurin)

Feeling the heat? Then get out of the kitchen and check out these two great blog posts by my Nara Lady English bloggers:

  1. wind chime temple by Nara storyteller, and
  2. have a bit of coolness, by Sarah
akame 48 waterfalls, Nara, Japan

akame 48 waterfalls, Nara, Japan

Need still more cooling? Check out these Nara Lady English Bloggers:

  1. Heaven @ 2700 metres

    Norikura, Nagano, Japan. (Photo by Stardust)

  2. Alpine Meadow and Aquatic Fairy
    baika-mo = Aquatic fairy

    “baika-mo” Aquatic fairy (photo by Cosmos)


  3. a scorching hot day

    Kobe Harbour - photo by Chambered Nautilus

    Kobe Harbour – photo by Chambered Nautilus

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Charles Jencks’ Mind-Bending Landscape Architecture – My Modern Metropolis

Jencks’ latest project is in northern England and is called Northumberlandia (the “Goddess of the North”). Commissioned by a UK coal-mining company, Jencks is creating to a giant land goddess sculpture that’s 112 feet high and 1,300 feet long. Due for completion in 2013, it will be the world’s largest human form sculpted into the landscape.

via Charles Jencks’ Mind-Bending Landscape Architecture – My Modern Metropolis.

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Observing Generation Gaps – My Modern Metropolis

Looking at the two figures, there are apparent (no pun intended) likenesses and gaps. For a lot of the images, it feels like looking at a split-screen of the same person at different stages in their life.

via Observing Generation Gaps – My Modern Metropolis.

father and son?

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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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The week in pictures 19/08/2011 Photos | The week in pictures 19/08/2011 Pictures – Yahoo!

The week in pictures 19/08/2011 Photos | The week in pictures 19/08/2011 Pictures – Yahoo!.


Want a laff? Click the link above and see the slideshow. Great pics, but the comments are pretty funny. (You need to register if you want to add your own comments.)

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Inside Fukushima – interactive guide | World news |

Earlier this month, Kazuma Obara became the first photojournalist to gain unauthorised access to the power plant and produced an exclusive glimpse of life inside the facility

via Inside Fukushima – interactive guide | World news |

Mouse-tip to EX-SKF

Some interesting nuggets of information provided by Obara:

  1. The plant has its own petrol station within the compound.
  2. Petrol is free to workers
  3. Most workers don’t know the purpose of what they are doing.
  4. Workers do not talk to each other much, and don’t know what other groups of workers are doing.


Fukushima Dai-ichi. Photo by Kazuma Obara

Fukushima Dai-ichi. Photo by Kazuma Obara. Posted on the Guardian website

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Survivor’s tale caught on camera | The Japan Times Online

This guy was lucky: he survived. Many did not. Read the story here.


Swept away: A series of photos taken by a transport and tourism ministry employee shows Toya Chiba, a reporter for the local daily Iwate Tokai Shimbun, being taken by a tsunami in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. KYODO PHOTO

via Survivor’s tale caught on camera | The Japan Times Online.

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One Time One Meeting: Current Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves

One Time One Meeting blogger narastoryteller tells the unusual story of 2 modern Japanese poets: one a murderer in prison in the U.S., and the other an enigmatic homeless person. As usual, narastoryteller includes her own stunning photos in this blog entry.

Take a break and read her latest post.

"Lonesome", a collection of tanka poems by Go Hayato

"Lonesome" author Go Hayato has been serving a life term in prison on a murder charge in California, USA.

sky over Nara

sky over Nara

One Time One Meeting: Current Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves.

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Stardust English Talk: Passing sakura

Personally, I like the cherry blossom when they start falling off the trees, falling like snow. So I really enjoyed Stardust’s photos and text about the “passing sakura”.  Here’s one.

There are more beautiful photos and text at Stardust English Talk: Passing sakura.

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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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