Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Turning of the Seasons

Even after a decade and a half here it never ceases to amaze me how suddenly the weather changes here. It's like someone says, "Oh, hey, it's September," and then flips a switch somewhere. Presto! The temperature drops a bit, the humidity drops a lot, the sunlight seems to take on a different character, and then all these typhoons keep popping up all around these islands.

It's not just the weather that changes, either. It seems like the world itself always goes through some serious shifts in the ninth month of the solar calendar. about a haiku or two? First one about a worrying situation involving one or more blog friends:

寒くなる samuku naru It grows cold,
蝉が歌わず semi ga utawazu The cicada doesn't sing,
希望なし kibou nashi There's no hope.

And another one about a surprising situation at work:

蟋蟀の koorogi no The cricket's
声はうるさい koe wa urusai Voice is annoying,
秋の要 aki no you An essential part of Autumn.

Okay, this one is rather obvious:

倒れた木 taoreta ki Fallen trees...
風か悪い根 kaze ka warui ne Wind or bad roots?
構わない kamawanai It doesn't matter.

Or how about this one?

台風は taifuu wa The typhoon...
北から急に kita kara kyuu ni Suddenly from the North,
来るなのか kuru na no ka Will it really come?

Actually, I think people in the U.S. are more worried about a possible typhoon from the East, but whatever. It all depends on where you are.

Speaking of which, there's a typhoon brushing up against the southern part of the country right now, kicking up some rain here on the Kanto Plain. There's another squall raging outside now, so I'd probably better wrap up just in case either it gets electrical or this roof starts to leak again.



  • Uhmmm... why there are big empty spaces? supposed to be pictures?

    Which is you favorite season?

    By Blogger Selba, at 10:29 AM  

  • Our transition from hot and dry to cool and damp was somewhat abrupt this if the warm days were behind us for the year.

    We are all scrambling to get ready for the change in season. I just finished the permanent roofing for Fort Bean (after a year plus of nothing).

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 11:40 AM  

  • The falling leaves drift by the window
    The autumn leaves of red and gold
    I see your lips, the summer kisses
    The sun-burned hands I used to hold

    Since you went away the days grow long
    And soon Ill hear old winters song
    But I miss you most of all my darling
    When autumn leaves start to fall

    Reminds me of my fav song..

    By Blogger Robin, at 12:23 PM  

  • Selba
    I don't know why those empty spaces appeared. It was my first attempt at using a HTML table function, and those spaces weren't there in the preview. Strrrrange...

    Here in Japan my favorite season is probably Autumn simply because, barring the odd typhoon, the weather is the most agreeable. Spring is lovelier, to be sure, but the weather changes so frequently that it's a bit of a pain...not to mention the beginning of the new school year with all the drudgery that entails...

    I'm beginning to wonder if all the world's weather is being manipulated somewhere...

    Congrats on finally making some headway with Fort Bean!

    Oh, Robin, you're kicking up the leaves of sentiment again! :-)

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:02 PM  

  • Impressive haiku. They sound perfect in japanese, but they sure make sense in english too. And are we suppose to see some pictures in between? Coz the empty space makes me curious.

    By Blogger agus, at 1:04 PM  

  • Forget my empty space question. Tables come out weird sometimes don't they.

    By Blogger agus, at 1:06 PM  

  • the weather is starting to change in bahrain as well. the winds have picked up, the humidity has gone down somewhat and the temps at night are actually quite bearable. i can hardly wait for the winter temps to come and all the flowers to bloom. and then... hopefully, w/ that the rains will come.

    the first haiku, who is that about? have you heard from saba? i didn't get anything from greg about the situation other than she has stopped blogging.

    By Blogger tooners, at 6:07 PM  

  • It's spring here in Geelong and tomorrow will be 28, windy then a change. I'll write some haikus later, but I've have a torrid afternoon with a teenage black bird than flew into the house when someone left the door open and it sat on top of a cupboard. After four hours it walked along he passage and stood in the washing basket. Then my son swept it out at last! Another phobia I have found - fear of flying black feathers!

    By Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog, at 6:49 PM  

  • In my city, I felt the Autumn cool in the lately 2 weeks. The weather downs a bit from 34 C. degrees to 24-26 C. degrees. Finally, caught a cold and sick. :-(

    By Anonymous L.C_D, at 7:37 PM  

  • Agus
    Thanks for visiting! Thanks for the compliments, too...maybe not bad for someone sitting half awake with a bad headache at 2:00 a.m., eh? I actually wanted to write a much longer tanka poem, but my brain wouldn't process anything beyond haiku.

    I really don't get those empty spaces. They don't appear in the preview...

    Hello again! Are there lots of flowers there on the island? What kind of weather do you usually get in Autumn?

    I haven't heard anything. Greg asked for my e-mail address so he could update me on what's going on, and I sent it to him, but I haven't heard a word. He also hasn't been to this site since posting that last message. On the other hand, recently someone in Canada has been visiting this site fairly regularly. In the past that almost always meant Saba, but I don't know. Her sudden disappearance coincided with her planned reunion with you-know-who, so I figure she's either enjoying life, on the run, or both...

    I guess it'll be getting hotter down there pretty soon just as it's cooling off here, so I hope you have a nice Spring!

    A blackbird in the house? Just be thankful it wasn't a crazed magpie!

    That's about how the weather has been here, but all these tropical rain storms kicked up by these passing typhoons keep knocking the temperature back up into the 30s, or at least it feels that was with all the humidity!

    Take care of your health, poor thing!

    My word verification is fmthmtm - the sound of either Dewkid or Seymour licking his lips and thinking about MMMMMMEAT!!!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 9:24 PM  

  • I can't see any piccies and therefore am lost.

    Robin - makes me think of Stardust Melody, one of my fave songs.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 4:42 AM  

  • Here's some little poems - not strictly haiku which are supposed to follow a pattern of syllables, etc. Some a bit poncy, some practical.

    Hibiscus flares red
    In the succulence of life
    Then close to grey

    Frangipanis fall
    On fresh mounds, pegged,
    Remembered by sons

    Walking, a shadow
    Of remembered robust days
    Now a metallic clang and shuffle

    A man sells newspapers
    Against the traffic
    Candling in the wind

    Stolen or bad biros
    Get more attention
    Than stolen children

    A white statue moves
    Halting a leaning mother
    Then her child smiles

    The bulbous trunk
    Of the gingko reveals
    History’s cracks and strains

    Up and down the merry-go-round
    Circles as black suits cluster
    Over square files, iced water

    The magnolia spreads herself
    Like a bridal gown
    after the womb of winter

    Softly bent and languid
    Agreeing with all views
    She’s a lemon grass woman

    By Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog, at 9:38 AM  

  • I like them all.

    The weather did change fast. One day it was 31 C here then 21 C the next. Whoa. It took me by surprise and felt so cold by comparison.

    Yet today, Tuesday, after the typhoon has passed, we had another warm one.

    The cricket's voice is not half as annoying as that of the circular saw on the house construction site nearby.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 5:30 PM  

  • Thanks for your wonderful contribution, Wendy! Poetry is always welcome!

    PandaB, I was referring to one annoying cricket in particular, but I know what you mean.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 9:09 PM  

  • I cna't remember my two old haikus off the top of my head.

    *digs out notebook*

    As the storm rages
    lightning flashes bright as day
    I see everything

    Sunset threatens day
    as the blackbird bids goodnight
    Sleep tight, feathered song.

    (My friend who has been battling all sorts of cancer for many years, wants the second one read at his funeral)

    By Blogger Olivia, at 6:26 AM  

  • it seems like typhoons are so common in japan!!!

    i would be terribly freaked out by them....


    By Blogger good shit happens, at 10:20 AM  

  • Olivia
    Nice! The muses are a-rollin'!

    Good Shit Happens
    Welcome! You have an interesting handle...

    I know what you mean. We have yet another one bearing down on us as we speak. The number of typhoons eery year seems to be increasing, and they say it's because of global warming.

    Anyone who still tries to claim global warming is a myth should get in a small boat and hang around the seas off Kyushu...

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 10:11 PM  

  • gosh, i feel bad that i didn't come back to this post immediately! but... re: saba.. i've wondered the same. i got an response from greg but he didnt really answer anything except to say that she stopped blogging. i've also had hits from canada but no comments on my blog.. so i'm not sure.

    re: the flowers in bahrain. the season here to start growing starts in nov. you can get all sorts of flowers but the thing is.. because of all the sand, i have a hard time w/ them. you really have to work w/ the soil here to get it just righ to have a really good garden, but there are tons of ppl who have fabulous looking gardens. i was a green thumb in the states, but can't seem to get a knack for it here. you get such variety here... don't know all the names, but a lot similar to the states. yes, you see a lot of flowers nov. thru about april.. i would say. :)

    sorry for just now getting back to this.

    By Blogger tooners, at 4:32 PM  

  • If a Haiku falls in a big blank space and there is no one there to read it, does it make a noise like mr. o?

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 7:53 AM  

  • Nothing makes a noise like Mr. O...but people have a habit of not listening to it.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:15 PM  

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