A rice field haiku

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The ancient rice field
Saturated by gray clouds
Of US warplanes above

Just walked through this beautiful landscape and was struck by the contrast of its timeless serenity and the roaring of the ceaseless American warplanes flying overhead towards Yokosuka. It is a melancholy feeling indeed and brought forth an unsolicited haiku.

Update 9.25.2015

I wanted to add more to this post.  All day long military planes and helicopters are flying over Saitama which I assume are on their way to Yokosuka airbase.  It is a strange thing to see your country’s (empire’s) aircraft flying over a sovereign nation.  It has been this way since the end of World War II so the locals no longer seem to notice it.

Rainy morning

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Doutor is one of my special places in Mejiro.  Every time I visit I like to drink a cafe latte, read the Japan Times and watch people come and go early in the morning.

On this particular morning Japan was getting hammered by Typhoon Etau.  The rain wasn’t too heavy in Tokyo but I was forced to purchase an umbrella from the “conbini.”