Sleeping Mountains

Reflections on life, literature, and culture.

Category: 日本語

All Four Seasons At Once

A few weeks ago, I was amazed to see the daffodils I’d bought when they were flowering last year sprouting again this year. I was even more amazed to see them bloom last week, their stems still miniature in height. On Monday, it started to snow, and at the same time my allergies kicked in for the first time this year, although the day before I had worn a light jacket and spent a good amount of time outdoors. I did not have much amazement left to give. There’s not much to do except let the daffodils trumpet in the spring. 

By the way, I recently got a camera and hope to post more of my own pictures from now on. Here’s to something new!



Frank Lloyd Wright

(Hanna House in Stanford, California by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1937. Image from here.)

Here, an image of work by perhaps my favorite modern architect (or at least one of the few I can call by name). Would you consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s work with inspirations from Japanese architecture as orientalist? In this picture, particularly the windows, with their shoji-like lattice design, seem Japanese to me. Of course, what I find lovely about his work is the richness and breadth of his inspirations. . .




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