June 5th, 2013

hisui from rasetsunyo

Recherché Ryokan

Reading Sky Above, Great Wind, a translation of the poetry of Ryōkan. Nice enough, but sort of wished the translator had given the texts of at least the Japanese poetry. (Ryōkan also wrote kanshi, all-kanji poetry modelled on classical Chinese verse. Even in translation you can usually tell kanshi poems, because they read exactly like translations of real Chinese poems.)
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What a lovely day. In the morning find I've won a copy of the new Melissa Scott, Death by Silver. In the evening, have dinner with petronia at a local loud upscale izakaya. S remarks that loud and rambunctious seems to be the mode for izakaya at least on this side of the Pacific. I mean, they're not upscale dining in Japan either, but I don't remember them going in for loud thumping music either.

Being in some people's company, even for an evening, is like being on vacation. It's exhilarating. I just wish I knew why some people feel like Elsewhere and others feel like Everyday; I don't think it's just familiarity or the lack of it, because I've been in Elsewhere people's company on a daily basis and they're still different. Part of it might be the difference between online friends met in RL, and strangers met in the flesh. There's so much more work involved in meeting the latter, that online interaction takes care of for you.

Otherwise is jacket-cool weather, meaning timeless no-time, because when has June ever been jacket-cool? (1996, is when; otherwise, occasionally in the 70s.) The topos of 'November with flowers' is familiar enough in May, but June just doesn't *do* that. And anyway, it's 'October with flowers.' I love it, whatever.
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