From the first clanks of the cowbell that lead to the crunch of Eddie’s guitar, “Dance the Night Away” gently explodes into the air and announces the arrival of a classic rock tune.
Archive for ‘Writing’
Tokyo Part Three: 47 Ronin
One of the greatest samurai stories of Japanese loyalty and revenge can be found in the legendary tale of the 47 Ronin, also known as the Ako Incident. The story of these 47 samurai and their loyalty to their master is inspirational and heart breaking. While in Tokyo last month, I visited the ashes of the legendary 47 Ronin interred at Sengakuji Temple.
Snow Haiku 2
We had so much snow overnight in Misawa, I was inspired to write another snowy haiku. I think I have shoveled more snow in the past two months than I have my entire life. I am more than ready for spring!
The snow just keeps falling here in Northern Japan. So, another wintery, snowy haiku!
Tokyo Part Two: Sumo!
After rocking into the night with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, it was now time to experience the traditional Japanese sport of Sumo! We attended day six of the fifteen day January Grand Sumo Tournament 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo Part One: Slash!
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators was a completely different concert experience. It seemed as though all rules were tossed aside and everyone just rocked!
A haiku about the bonds of a cat and her kitten.
As a fan of the Swedish group ABBA, I was excited to learn that they will embark on a reunion tour this year. But I have to ask, what’a an ABBAtar?
Island of Lost Toys
When I lived in Kurashiki, the Bikan Historical District was a place where my wife and I liked to indulge in quiet, reflective walks or meet friends for drinks and dinner. A few years ago, I traveled back to Kurashiki, Japan to visit a friend and I had the opportunity to revisit the Bikan. I only spent two days wandering it’s narrow streets, but I took copious notes and began writing about my experience. Since then, I have written and rewritten this piece several times. This is my latest revision.
I Saw Elvis Today
In 1993, I found myself in line at a post office to get the new United States Postal Service’s first ever Elvis Presley postage stamp. Only twenty-nine cents back in the day. I remember it was a madhouse with people dressed as Elvis. I saw “Blue Hawai’i” Elvis, “Aloha from Hawai’i” Elvis, and all manner of Elvis in between! But what really caught my eye was a little nine year old boy, totally decked out in Elvis attire complete with white jumpsuit, sweeping hair, gold-rimmed sunglasses, and a guitar.