weekend in Matsuyama,25-27 February 1995 by the shiki-team
Dhugal, a Tokyo resident, arrives in Matsuyama on a morning JAL flight. Due to the Kobe earthquake, use of the bullet train is impossible and air travel between Tokyo, Osaka, and Matsuyama is very crowded.
pushing at each other
encroaching apartments and
a field of mandarins
[All of pic.] at Matsuyama Airport
A visit to the hermitage that both Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Soseki lodged in. It has been reconstructed in its original form at the foot of Matsuyama Castle.
Attendance at EPIC's Haiku Salon. A chat with members of JASL, the volunteer organization that teaches Japanese to Ehime foreign residents.
[All of pic.] a chat with a member of JASL,Ms.Akiyama, at EPIC
[All of pic.] at Shiki Memorial Museum, around the statue of Shiki
Attendance at the welcome party with hosting members of the Shiki Team. At this time, Kim breaks out the "Koshi no Kanbai," a famous sake that she had saved for the occasion.
[All of pic.]Cheers!!!
A homestay at Shiki team member Inoue's house. Dhugal seems to be greatly feared by Inoue's son, Tomoyuki. Even a picture of Dhugal impels Tomoyuki to cling to his mother's legs.
heatedly discussing if it's hail
or frozen dew
as I start to eat
the free range chicken egg
a single growl of spring thunder
insects start to stir cursive
writing streaming forth
out of the machine
[All of pic.]"I'm one year old "
Dhugal and some members of the Shiki team visit Uchiko, home town of the 1994 Nobel prize for literature recipient Kenzaburo Oe. At the Uchiko Theatre, Kim demonstrates Iai (a sword technique in which the enemy is felled in the same instant the sword is drawn) and seppuku. Uchiko also has a section of town that has been preserved in its 19th century style for over a hundred years. Following there was a visit to Ozu and the Garyu Villa. (The meaning of Garyu is 'reclining dragon.') There, one can see excellent architecture and Japanese gardens of old Japan. Dhugal held a 'bushukan,' a fingered citron, in his hand. And finally, a visit was paid to the Kogakudo, a school for members of the warrior class constructed by the Ozu fief 250 years ago. Dhugal signed the guest book and wrote a haiku before leaving.
the ancient pond
no-one knows how deep it runs...
[All of pic.] at Uchiko town
[All of pic.] Learning the manner of Harakiri, samurai's suiside
[All of pic.] a bushukan
[All of pic.] at Kogakudo