japonisme: JAPONISME Turns Three!

12 September 2009

JAPONISME Turns Three!


ochikata ya aoda no ue no mitsu no yama

far distance--
above green rice fields
three mountains


amadare ya san tsubu ochite mo kesa no aki

from the roof's overhang
three drops...
first autumn morning


tsuyu mi tsubu ueno no semi no nakidashinu

three dewdrops--
Ueno's cicadas
break out into song


yuki-doke ya sagi ga sambiki tachi usu ni

snow melting--
three herons perch
on the rice cake tub


oya to ko no sannin-zure ya kaeru kari

parents and child
three in a row...
the geese depart 1


Nympharum membra disjecta

Three spirits came to me
And drew me apart
To where the olive boughs
Lay stripped upon the ground:
Pale carnage beneath bright mist.

Ezra Pound


A pot of wine among flowers.
I alone, drinking,
without a companion.
I lift the cup and invite
the bright moon.
My shadow opposite certainly makes us three.
But the moon cannot drink,
And my shadow follows the motions of my body in vain.
For the briefest time are the moon and my shadow my companions.

Oh, be joyful! One must make
the most of Spring.
I sing—the moon walks forward rhythmically;
I dance, and my shadow shatters
and becomes confused.
In my waking moments,
we are happily blended.
When I am drunk, we are divided
from one another and scattered.

For a long time I shall be obliged to wander without intention;
But we will keep our appointment by the far-off Cloudy River.


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Blogger lotusgreen said...

is that one on the top utamaro, gina? (or maybe kuniyoshi....)

12 September, 2009 14:20  
Blogger Gina Collia-Suzuki said...

It's Utamaro... three courtesans from the Matsubaya brothel. I have a restrike of it on my living room wall, so I'm looking at it right now.

12 September, 2009 15:32  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you! that was fast. i recognized the bird, but remembered someone else who had painted that scene too. interesting that you have it right there.

12 September, 2009 15:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found it !
I've never visited a "Blog" before. Didn't really know what it was. Just wonderfull things I discovered here. It'll keep me busy for quite some time, nothing to be missed on all previous posts. Just amazing. Have I been sleeping ? Thank you Lotusgreen !
Gerbrand Caspers (Netherlands)

13 September, 2009 05:43  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

how kind of you to have found it! welcome, hugs, and thank you so much for your kind words, gerbrand. have a wonderful journey!

13 September, 2009 06:46  
Anonymous evan said...

How can three be the lonliest number when three is the rule? Another brilliant entry to your blog :)!

13 September, 2009 14:45  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

well see... -- now i'm less lonely :^)

13 September, 2009 15:15  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

That top piece IS a stunner !

13 September, 2009 16:19  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

it's amazing how much is going on in there, isn't it. and yet it remains calm!

13 September, 2009 18:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Keep walking!

16 September, 2009 03:41  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

σε ευχαριστώ

16 September, 2009 06:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Παρακαλώ.Οτι επιθυμείς και καλή συνέχεια.

16 September, 2009 07:45  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

Η μητέρα μου αγαπούσε την Ελλάδα και επισκέφθηκε εκεί συχνά. Νομίζω ότι είχε ένα μυστικό φίλο εκεί. έμαθε πολλά φράσεις και τους έμαθε να μας: "efkaristo", "ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΩ," Etsy ketsy "," Kali Mara "," Kali nikta ". ότι για όλα τα θυμάμαι!

16 September, 2009 08:02  
Blogger Neil said...

Gosh - very impressed by the Greek, Lily. Happy blog-birthday.

16 September, 2009 14:31  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

:^) thank you. and thank google.

16 September, 2009 15:22  
Blogger consciousnesswalk said...

This is a lovely post!

16 September, 2009 16:00  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you, consciousness walk-- it was fun to do, like dancing.

16 September, 2009 17:04  
Blogger John hopper said...

Happy third anniversary. I'm sure there are many more blog years in you yet and I know that you will always intrigue and entertain throughout the coming years as you have in the past three. Congratulations.

17 September, 2009 11:34  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks john--that's so kind of you.

17 September, 2009 11:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Και οι μητέρες έχουν μυστικά.δ

20 September, 2009 00:53  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

όπως και οι κόρες τους

20 September, 2009 13:43  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Congrats , one of my fave blogs to visit.

24 September, 2009 19:14  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh dominic--that's really sweet -- thank you.

24 September, 2009 20:43  
Blogger Emma said...

I've just discovered this site - what a wonderful collection of information! Happy blogiversary and long may you continue!

30 September, 2009 12:24  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you emma, and thanks for visiting!

30 September, 2009 12:45  
Blogger Clive said...

Omoudeto! 3 years is a might achievement, dakara, Omoudeto.

15 October, 2009 03:58  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

grazi, mon ami ;^)

15 October, 2009 08:28  

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