Firstly, apologies for not having kept up my promised barrage of blog entries. Despite appearances, I do actually have a life of my own, and sometimes it gets in the way of all the plans I make. I'll see if I can't spice things up a little this week...oh! I've just remembered, my mother arrives tomorrow morning ( at a typically inconsiderate 6:15am ) at Cape Town International airport. She's threatened to stay for a week before flying up to Port Elizabeth to see her sister. Still, I suppose my boys will be pleased to have their grandmother around to spoil them for a while. Anyway, I'm sure I can still make a few interesting posts to keep you coming back for a "look see".
I haven't been completely idle in the writing department though. In response to what I see as a rather poor comprehension in various fora on the net of the Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi-Sabi" ( a conjunction I particularly dislike ) I have been trying to compose a more in-depth and revealing essay exploring this most fundamental of Japanese modes. In particular, I'm attempting to express it's universal relevance especially at the start of the 21st century.
If you have any specific, or considered thoughts on the subject I'd be happy to hear from you. Either as a comment on this blog or privately. You'll find an email address below the comment dialogue box.
Also, Dustin ( Clayton) , if you'd like that critique on your kagamibuta that you posted on tcp, I've got a few comments I could offer that may be of use to you. As I'm no longer registered on that forum you could contact me as suggested above.
And if you're wondering about the significance of the photo ( no!, it's not my outhouse. ) well...it quite accurately, and literally, conveys some of the most significant aspects of " sabi" and the very closely associated concept of "yugen". Interested?...