Sunday, 23 May 2010

Haiku op. 274

(photo) a monument of Basho's haiku

birds don't know
happiness or unhappiness

late May river

Haiku op. 273

(photo) the temple called Konponji associated with Basho

silence is 
the comfortable word

fresh green tea

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Haiku op. 272

(photo) Tone river

fallen persimmon flowers
on the wet paving stones
on holiday morning

Haiku op. 271

(photo) rice field

the old man said to
the homeless man, 
good luck, under the fresh green

Haiku op. 270

(photo) Kashima shrine

the sound of the surf
deep in the fresh green -
Kashima shrine

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Haiku op. 269

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fresh green leaves
shaking in the wind -
even their shadows are green

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Haiku op. 259

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hear a good old song
from the bath

the night of greens

Monday, 17 May 2010

Haiku op. 258

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the night of the fresh green
is on my palm -

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Reading A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE U.S by Howard Zinn (1)

Chapter 1 Columbus, the Indians, and human progress

I think it interesting that Zinn begins the US history from Columbus' discovery. Even though there has been history in America before the discovery, he takes this writing style that probably reveals Zinn's western-orientated view of the US history.

Zinn said that Spain sought gold, more useful than land because it could buy anything. But I wonder if gold was not got in the country at all. Zinn describes Columbus not as hero but as a heartless fellow. his second expenditure's aim was slaves and gold. Columbus couldn't find gold fields and put fifteen hundred men, women, and children in pens to send to Spain to sell there. Too many of the slaves died in captivity.

I think Columbus' cruel behavior was characteristic of the Christians in that time who regarded the infidel as not human. It is not until Levi Strauss(1908-2009) that this perceptions change dramatically. Levi Strauss showed the same social structure in the uncivilized societies as one in the western societies. He said that the "uncivilized societies" were not lagging behind the western societies because they have the same social structure.

Zinn said that to emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to deemphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity but an ideological choice.  It serves unwittingly to justify what was done there.

I noticed the perceptional framework of heroes(Columbus) and their victims(Arawak) is only an aspect of a certain approach to the US history, in which the past is told from the point of view of government, conquerors, diplomats, and leaders.

Haiku op. 257

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a gourd swings
slowly in the wind

eye on genesis

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Haiku op. 268

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black summer clouds
carry the sun away

croaks the raven like Poe's

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Haiku op. 267

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the motorbike's engine
is still hot

summer rain

Haiku op. 266

(photo) azalea

look down
various flowers of umbrellas -
summer rain

Monday, 10 May 2010

Haiku op. 265

(photo) willow and boat

alone in the room
I remembered the lake

the wind of greens

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Haiku op. 264

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fresh greens -
today's suitable for
Mozart's music

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Haiku op. 263

(photo) Tone river

the summer cloud, 
as large as a country,
is falling down to the sea

Haiku op. 262

(photo) wisteria flowers

a quiet old couple
under the greens

eternity called time

Haiku op. 261

(photo) fallen leaves in early summer

kiwi fruit in the yoghurt
is having she without words -
the proof of the deliciousness

Haiku op. 260

(photo) my favorite drink, summer for a beer

ambulance sirens -
another life, another death
in the night of greens

Friday, 7 May 2010

Haiku op. 259

(photo) early summer flower

offer my seat
to an old lady

Mather's Day

Haiku op. 258

(photo) wisteria flowers

she has her bare foot
in the quiet lake

the winds of greens 

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Haiku op. 257

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a ball
flys to the sun

Children's Day

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Haiku op. 256

(photo) greens and the old man

the salesgirl counts the change
with a smile

May Day

Haiku op. 255

(photo) wisteria blossoms

field mustard in the breeze
the boy looks back
on his whole life

Haiku op. 254

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a boy has noticed
winter's beauty
with Vivaldi

Haiku op. 253

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spring moon

carps' jumpings here and there
in the river