round and round we go
reality merges with dreams
by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
The Daily Post
Picture: A gorgeous antique carousel graces the grounds of Tilden Park with hand-carved fantastic creatures. Built in 1911, bought in 1978, the merry-go-round is one of 200 hand-carved wooden carousels in the United States. I took the picture in 1996 when I lived on Telegraph Street, Berkeley, California.
|Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of SF
||Art of the Carousel
||Carving Miniature Carousel Animals
||Carousel CD: Shirley Jones
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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.
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
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luscious memories shimmer
even as they fade
haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
Georgia told me about the Daily Post putting out a daily prompt each day. A single word to kickoff people’s creativity. I thought I’d give it a shot but as a daily haiku or senryu. Or I might do a tanka which is 5-7-5-7-7 so five lines.
I loved Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara (got it when I taught English in Japan in my 20s). At age 25, she revitalized the tanka when her poetry captured modern love and life in sharp bites as her emotions pingpong from joy to sorrow.
Continue reading Haiku : Shimmering sunsets, senryu and wild geese