Senryu : found photographs

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a photo quartet
thought gone forever but found
an ancient laptop

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

looking at an old hard drive, found some old photos I took in Japan thirty years ago. So happy as I thought the files were lost forever on another borked drive.

also published the pics on cactscatz.com

quartet
daily prompts, daily post

memories
tuesday photo challenge
dutch goes the photo

 

Senryu : sleeping like a clam

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clammed up in my quilt
alarm tears me from my shell
autumn dreams depart

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Chèvrefeuille challenged us to revise a classical haiku by Basho on the Ise Shima Wedding Rocks. Continue reading Senryu : sleeping like a clam

Senryu : dawn

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May your dawning New Year shine bright

fresh dawn, farewell night
New Year’s brings promise, firm goals
revelry and smiles

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Honestly today when I woke up, I Continue reading Senryu : dawn

Senryu : Shichi-Go-San Day, November 15th

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shichi-go-san day
age 3, 5, 7, celebrate
my first kimono

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I took this picture in Oita on Shichi-go-san day.  A father with his daughter and I imagine the grandmother praying at the shrine.

Continue reading Senryu : Shichi-Go-San Day, November 15th

Ronovan Weekly / Haibun Monday : Lake & Calm / Water

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calm lake’s loveliness
volcano rumbles on top
aww, shit! car won’t start

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ages ago, Rie and I drove up to Mt. Aso in a little white car. I had just learned to Continue reading Ronovan Weekly / Haibun Monday : Lake & Calm / Water

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Crescendo

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a song’s crescendo
it’s the ascent, not the peak,
forging the spirit

haiku & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

References:

Crescendo
Daily Prompts
The Daily Post

Sport’s Day, Oita City, Japan by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Amazon: Some music with crescendo highlights


Celibidache Conducts Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Boulez Conducts Ravel: Bolero / La valse / Rapsodie Espagnole / Alborada del Gracioso / Daphnis et Chloe (Suite No. 2)

Pines of Rome / Fountains of Rome conducted by Rizzi

Hot Space by Queen, song Under Pressure

I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate.  Last month I got my first “buy”.  Haven’t gotten a second one yet.  Still I’m happy.  The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%.  Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Mount Aso

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Mt Aso
placid lake nestled
quiet volcano crater
rumbling summit growls
haiku & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ages ago, Rie and I drove up to Mt. Aso in a little white car.  I had just learned to drive a manual transmission and was all proud of myself on our little roadtrip.  Continue reading Daily Haiku / Senryu : Mount Aso

Daily Haiku / Senryu: Scorpion

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Just cuz you’re nice, doesn’t make you a fool: an old folktale
aka The Scorpion and The Tortoise (told in haiku)

river rushes by
scorpion asks for a ride
kindly tortoise nods

tap tap on the shell
“what are you doing up there?”
“trying to sting you”

shrugs, “it’s my nature”
“idiot” says the tortoise
diving down, “bye bye”

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

References:

Creative Random Word Generator
Site where you can randomly generate 1-8 words. It’s also has some word mind games on the dropdown menu if you want some brain exercise. The tweening games looks interesting. I changed the setting to 1 and got Scorpion.The Scorpion and the Tortoise and other folktales about unnatural partnerships
edited by D. L. Ashliman, University of PittsburghImage: I changed the photograph a bit in Photoshop but used 2 photographs as a base:

Some folk tales on Amazon:


Favorite Folktales from Around the World

American Tall Tales

Kalila wa Dimna, Vol. 1: – Fables of Friendship and Betrayal from the Panchatantra, Jatakas, Bidpai, Kalilah wa Dimnah and Lights of Canopus

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

Note: Added on 9/20/17 I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate. Last month I got my first “buy”. Haven’t gotten a second one yet. Still I’m happy. The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Daily Haiku/Senryu: Glaring

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Glaring

proofread carefully
publish provocative thoughts
look! darn! glaring mistake!

 

 

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

References:

Daily Prompts
The Daily Post

Fox Matsuri Festival Preparation, Himeshima, Japan, Photograph by M. LaFreniere

 

Daily Haiku/Senryu again: Amble

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Amble

Arizona sun
ambling across the yard
Darn! the weeds won’t wilt

 

photo by M. LaFreniere

Catching up to the Daily Post.  Just finished my last word of the day and it’s already yesterday’s word! So here is another one.

References:

Daily Prompts
The Daily Post

Japan Photograph: Ambling reminded me of the monkeys in Beppu. I took this photograph at what I think of as monkey mountain near Beppu, aka Mount Takasaki.

The wild macaques live in two tribes and hang around for the daily feedings. There is no enclosure so they are free to leave which the occasional monkey does. Usually they come back because the living is easy.

The monkeys are wild, not tame so you cannot pet them. They are also very quick. One kid was walking along, his coke can held casually to his side. A macaque ran by him, grabbed the can. Soon other monkeys were chasing the first one trying to grab the cola from him. Looked a bit like a stretched out linedance.

From Amazon Books: some travel guides that might be helpful. I thought it was interesting that you can buy Lonely Planet chapters (Kyushu&Okinawa) on kindle instead of the whole book. The other one is from Tuttle Publishing which I thought looked intriguing. When I was living in Japan, I often bought books by Tuttle — a publisher in Japan, they produced books written by folks living in Japan, including Europeans and Americans.


Lonely Planet Japan

Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen

Kyushu & Okinawa chapter, Lonely Planet

Fodor’s Japan

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