Old Japan life

'Girls Feelings' Japan 1890s 19--



Wooden clogs shop

ca. 1880s; doing hair

Will we be missed?

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum-trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.”

Sara Teasdale
Flame and Shadow


Banksy is an anonymous, English based Graffiti artist, political activist and film director. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combined with dark humour with graffiti, executed with a distinct stenciling technique. His works on socio-political commentary have been featured on the streets, walls and bridges of cities around the world. Banksy’s works had grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborating with musicians and other artists. His style is similar to Blek le Rat, a Parisian stencil artist from the 80’s. Source

Banksy’s work also explores themes such as anti-war, anti-consumerism, anti-fascisim, anarchy, as well as critiquing the human condition like greed, poverty, hypocrisy, etc. His works rely on visual imagery and iconography to put his messages forward.

Trump, social media
Poverty, against Brexit
"Ozone's Angel"

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Graffiti has more chance of meaning something or changing stuff than anything indoors.

Graffiti has been used to start revolutions, stop wars, and generally is the voice of people who aren't listened to.
New Orleans, post hurricane Katrina

And Banksy has books too.
"Wall and Piece"; and "Banksy. You are an Acceptable Level of Threat and If You Were Not You Would Know About it. 4th Ed."Since I'm such a fan, I've got a lot of his artwork in this blog. Go to the Blogger logo at top left of your screen - in the search field, type in Banksy.

A Cardinal Fish spitting bioluminescence

When the cardinalfish sucks up what it thinks will be dinner, the tiny sea creature, a type of ostracod, emits a burst of light. That burst saves the ostracod's life - by getting it spat out. Not all ostracods create these light shows, and these cardinalfish can't tell which tasty morsels will do so before eating them. But when that bad boy lights, up, the fish really has a problem. If you have a lot of predators in the wild, then it's best to stay hidden. That's why the fish in the tank vomit up the tiny bio-luminescent ostracods.

Otherwise, their bodies would illuminate from within, calling out to their predators, "Here's DINNER!" and getting them eaten for sure. This defense mechanism is the result of a light-inducing chemical mixture inside of the ostracod itself - which is set off whenever they are jostled. Many animals in the world have this capability to produce light, called bioluminescence and they use it in different ways. In this case, its a survival tactic used defensively.
(FROM Youtube description of video)

No, these aren’t light vomiting fish, though you would be forgiven for thinking so because that’s exactly what it looks like. What you’re seeing is the defense mechanism of a tiny crustacean called an ostracod, a shrimp-like organism about 1mm in size that some fish accidentally eat while hunting for plankton. When eaten by a translucent cardinalfish, the ostracod immediately releases a bioluminescent chemical in an attempt to illuminate the fish from the inside, making it immediately identifiable to predators. WHAT. Not wanting to be eaten, the cardinalfish immediately spits out the ostracod, resulting in little underwater fish fireworks. What an incredible game of evolutionary cat and mouse. The clip above is from a new show on BBC Two called Super Senses. If you’re in the UK you can watch it online in HD for a few more days. (via For Science Sake)

TBT (a little early) - Animals talking in all caps





On a related note:
Myotis lucifugus (the Little Brown Bat) is affectionately known as "Luci" to the people that study them. Bats are more closely related to primates than to rodents, making them our distant evolutionary cousins. Invite this family member over to fly in the sky or decorate a child's bedroom.
    Materials: Bamboo and white terylene silk
    Wingspan: 24"
    Handmade by master kite-makers in Weifang, China
    Comes with basic flying twine and easy assembly instructions

Baby rhino snowstruck

Early shades of green

image: Pixdaus

Kite flying season

Paul Octavious

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world,

and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller's felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

Painted porches

That peaceful, easy feeling

Spring bonsai

Spring bonsai: Azalea, apple tree

Close enough!


images via Pinterest


WITCH HAZEL Hamamellis japonica

Beautiful Spring wallpapers

“You expected to be sad in the fall.

Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Graffiti-style wall decor

Robert Frost liked to distinguish between

grievances (complaints) and griefs (sorrows). He even suggested that grievances, which are propagandistic, should be restricted to prose, “leaving poetry free to go its way in tears.”

Edward Hirsch
How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

Silver linings

But give thanks, at least, that you still have Frost's poems; and when you feel the need of solitude, retreat to the companionship of moon, water, hills and trees. Retreat, he reminds us, should not be confused with escape. And take these poems along for good luck!”
Robert Graves

You will enjoy the Spring more

I saw a star slide down the sky

Blinding the north as it went by
Too burning and too quick to hold
Too lovely to be bought or sold
Good only to make wishes on
And then forever to be gone

Sara Teasdale