Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gone with the wind? How about PM2.5?



Haru-ichiban (春一番) is the first strong wind that tells us the beginning of spring. It's very windy today, and so hazy as well.
(Wind completely died down in my area, but it caused many train delays.)

The word "Haru-gasumi (春霞)" means spring haze and is often used in Japanese Haiku and Tanka.

春霞 たなびく山の桜花 見れどもあかぬ 君にもあるかな
Haru-gasumi Tanabiku yama no sakurabana 
Miredomo akanu Kimi nimo arukana

This Japanese poem roughly means "I never get tired of seeing mountain cherry blossoms surrounded by elegant spring haze, and I feel the same when I'm looking at you." Wow. I can never say that.

Haru-gasumi (spring haze) has been thought as elegant and tasteful phenomenon of atmosphere in Japan. But now, we can't distinguish Haru-gasumi from PM 2.5. The upper photo was taken at Shibuya Hikarie (渋谷ヒカリエ), a skyscraper in Shibuya. I saw sky from the building and I thought, to be honest, it's just blurry. I could get no elegance in it.

I don't know much of PM 2.5, but according to some articles, it may cause watery and itchy eyes and sore throat. I'm afraid of it as well as hay fever. Sometimes I check out this prediction page of PM 2.5 (the site is run by Meteological Agency). Winter has gone with Haru-ichiban, but PM 2.5 don't seem to leave Tokyo so far. It's not so simple as I think.
Anyway, haru-gasumi may be elegant, but PM 2.5 is just annoying. Just annoying!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's blah blah blah

New Year's Tokyo Tower and Zojyo-ji

"There is nothing new under the sun"? Forget the phrase. Everything is new, because it's the beginning of the year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A golden shrine is going to be unveiled in 2014


Toshogu shrine was erected in 1651, and dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Tokugawa shogunate. This cultural property in Tokyo was under construction for almost five years, but it's scheduled to finish in December, so you can visit and see its "renewed golden body" in 2014.
If you're living in Tokyo, I highly recommend you visit here as Hatsumode (初詣, or new year worship).

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Louis Vuitton's police box?

Can you see the police box?

This police box in Shinjuku always makes me laugh. Everything's funny when you're drunk, and actually I was drunk at that time, but it always looks like the police box is owned by Louis Vuitton.
This building is called Keio Frente (京王フレンテ), by the way.