Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Knowing Tranquility Part XX: Miyajima

The final of the Inland Sea series, over at Japan Visitor. Links to the previous nineteen entries can be found at the bottom of the page.…/miyajima-tranquility

On the turntable:  The Doobie Brothers:  "Minute by Minute"

Saturday, January 26, 2019

On the Road of the Beats in Yaponesia


Tokyo Poetry Journal has been publishing interesting work for years, and it a pleasure to be included in their newest anthology, themed Japan and the Beats.  It was Beats writing that got me out on the road in the first place, so it is important to me that I am able to honor them.  More details can be found here.
 On the turntable:  Lush, "Ciao!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #61

Hemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway

(flight), Kyoto Brewing Company
On the turntable:  Jon Hassell, "Last Night the Moon Came Dropping its Clothes in the Street"

Friday, January 18, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #60

Mani by  Patrick Leigh Fermor

Suruga Bay IPA, Baird Brewing Company
On the turntable: The Jam, "In the City"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Diving deeper into the timelessness of Nara. Standing before the array of deities on the altar of Akishino-dera. The Yakushi Buddha at center sits, as he has for 1300 years. I think of all that has happened since—all the wars, disasters, migrations, civilizations come and gone. And through it all he sits, right hand raised, palm forward, saying,  It ain’t nothing but a thing. All is okay.

On the turntable:  J. S. Bach, "Bach 2000"

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Papers: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

"Idiots are very dangerous -- so are intelligent people, if they are in a group."

On the turntable:  Joni Mitchell, "Court and Spark"

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Road to Italy

The first post of the year, over at Provincial Perch...

On the nighttable W. Somerset Maugham, "Collected Short Stories, Vol. 4"
On the turntable:  Johnny Winter, "And Live"    


Tuesday, January 01, 2019