Solitude

On the days I can approach people,
Everyone seems beautiful.
The air sparkles.

I don’t understand myself.
Why have I held onto this solitude?

TRANSLATED FROM THE JAPANESE POETRY BOOK
OTOHIME KARA URASHIMA TARO NI TSUGU BY NAOMI OTSUBO.

 

 

(ORIGINAL JAPANESE POEM)

勇気の孤独

自分から 人に
話しかけることができた日は
どんな人も  美しく思える
大気が きらめいて見える

どうしたものか 自分よ
何もそこまで 孤独になるな

詩集「乙姫から浦島太郎に告ぐ」BY 大坪奈保美

A Letter to the Stars

To the countless stars in the sky,

Does being round
make it easier for you
to travel through the universe?

Or, while on your travels,
did the universe beat you,
making you rounder and rounder?

Or is it the space between us
that simply makes you appear round?

Is keeping a good distance your secret?

TRANSLATED FROM THE JAPANESE POETRY BOOK
OTOHIME KARA URASHIMA TARO NI TSUGU BY NAOMI OTSUBO.

 

(Original Japanese poEm)

お星さまへ

天空にまします数々のお星さま

丸ければ
宇宙で うまくまわっていられますか?

それとも
まわっているうちに
あの手この手で 宇宙が
丸くしにかかってくるんですか

それとも
何でもかんでも
遠くにおいてしまえば
丸く見えてくるもんですか?

つまり
距離をおくってことですね

詩集「乙姫から浦島太郎に告ぐ」BY 大坪奈保美

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Tokyo Gate Bridge

If there was a defined edge to the city of Tokyo, this would be it. Tokyo Gate Bridge is the furthest public highway built out into Tokyo bay. The island on the horizon is Chuo Bohatei, Tokyo’s largest landfill, which is reaching the edge of the municipality’s border. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape. The image is also an optical illusion: can you tell if the bridge piers are getting thinner or taller the further away they are? Click on the image for a larger view.

Edogawa

The levee along Edogawa or Edo river is 10m or 30 ft. above the river course. The land on the other side is near sea level. The population density for this Tokyo ward is 13,900 people/km² or 35,900 people/sq. mi. Millions of people are protected from riverine flooding by these structures. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape. Click on the image for a larger view.

A Farewell to Maine

Naomi and I have had a great adventure in Maine for the last ten years. Much of what we have done and experienced can be seen in this blog. But Hakusan Creation and our adventures are not ending. We are moving on to new places and projects. Please come back to see what we are doing. Thank you for joining us on this journey.