Shichijuni-kou (72 Seasons) Calendar Listing
晩夏, Banka: "Late Summer"
Season No. 12: 大暑: Taisho
|"Izumo Downpour" (c) 2014 Genkilee, Gen. All Rights Reserved.|
Taiu Tokidoki Ni Furu
"Occasional Hard Rain"
(August 2 -August 6)
"It's raining, it's pouring..."
Typhoon Halong is poised to hit us head-on. Naturally I mourn any casualties, but I usually look forward to typhoons because of all the excitement that comes along with them. Days before, prompted by the worried tones of weather analysts, we all scramble to secure our bicycles, put in our plants and batten down the hatches before the winds come. Even though Halong's eye is a few days off, we've been getting brief, violent thunderstorms as the typhoon triggers our East Asian Monsoon. Makes for some fun photo practice!
|"Twisted Pink" (c) 2014 Genkilee, Gen. All Rights Reserved.|
|"Voltage" (c) 2014 Genkilee, Gen. All Rights Reserved.|
Flower Of The Season: キキョウ, Kikyou, Balloonflower
|Platycodon grandiflorus (Japanese bellflower aka "balloon flower."|
"I have had busy days
Coming home in full bloom
Of balloon flowers
And leaving chrysanthemums."
I love seeing these curiously-shaped bell-like flowers smiling at me when I walk down a rainy street. Their inflated buds look exactly like paper origami balloons that children used to play with. What a cheerful sight to behold in such a gloomy season!
Taste Of The Season: 鰻, うなぎ, Unagi, Freshwater Eel
|Unagi chef hard at work near Narita-san temple in Chiba Prefecture. (2002)|
|Main street to Narita-san Temple lined with many unagi specialty shops (2002).|
|My first ever taste of unagi at Asabaya in Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture, 2002).|
If the taste doesn't energize you, the idea of eating something that might not be around fifty years from now probably will. (I'll just let you guess the reason why my one photo here of wild freshwater eel is over 12 years old. I like to do my part for the environment. ;-)