Okakura Kakuzo wrote The Book of Tea in English in Boston in 1906 to introduce the Japanese tea ceremony to a Western audience steeped in Aestheticism. Tuttle picked it up in 1956 and has kept it in print ever since. Over the twentieth century Americans worked out a plain, tough, colloquial style of prose ideally suited to writing about Zen practice. Okakura pre-dates that. Here he is on flowers:
Tell me, gentle flowers, teardrops of the stars, standing in the garden, nodding your heads to the bees as they sing of the dew and the sunbeams, are you aware of the fearful doom that awaits you? Dream on, sway and frolic while you may in the gentle breezes of summer. To-morrow a ruthless hand will close around your throats. You will be wrenched, torn asunder limb by limb, and borne away from your quiet homes. The wretch, she may be passing fair. She may say how lovely you are while her fingers are still moist with your blood. Tell me, will this be kindness? It may be your fate to be imprisoned in the hair of one whom you know to be heartless or to be thrust into the buttonhole of one who would not dare to look you in the face were you a man. It may even be your lot to be confined in some narrow vessel with only stagnant water to quench the maddening thirst that warns of ebbing life.
Oh, brother! An ikebana master should hit him with a stick. Tuttle is not doing the way of tea any favours by keeping this book in print.
Japanese director Yuya Ishii has made a film about the Vancouver Asahi, the championship baseball team drawn from Vancouver's Japanese-Canadian community between the wars. It stars Satoshi Tsumabuki, and was filmed in Japan, with Ashikaga doubling as 1930s Vancouver.
Glebe Park, and the man who fetches the ba from the hedge. Source.
Morton travel to Angus to play Brechin City FC.
Brechin and Elgin are the only SPFL members to use the sobriquet City in their names, but neither place really qualifies as a city. Elgin has 23,000 people. Brechin, though once a royal burgh, 7,000. Edinburgh City -- now there's a factual club name.
Brechin City FC, or The City, was founded in 1906, joined the SFL in 1923, and again in 1929. They wear red and white, and their stadium, Glebe Park, holds 3,000 or so. They have never won the Scottish Cup, League Cup or Challenge Cup, or been in the top division. Morton is the more illustrious of the two.
Morton and Brechin City last appeared together in the 2006-07 Second Division. Morton won three and City won the other. That same year they met in the first round of the League Cup, Brechin winning.
Morton are coming off a loss at Stenhousemuir last weekend. If the pattern of wins and losses set by Morton so far this year holds true the Ton will win today and next week, and finish the season with 72 points.
Entering today's action, Declan McManus leads League One scorers with five goals.
[Brechin win 3 - 1. Morton goal by O'Ware. Morton slide to fifth place.]
It's the Second Round of the Scottish Cup. This round consists of 32 teams made up of the winners from Round One, plus the top Highland and Lowland League sides, and League Two. Random matches to watch:
Edinburgh City [2 - 1] Auchinleck Talbot
Brora Rangers [5 - 0] Banks O'Dee
Inverurie Loco Works [0 - 3] Hurlford United
Gretna 2008 [0 - 1] Queen's Park
Now. There's the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the Scottish Challenge Cup, all with different but overlapping sets of eligible clubs. And there's the Scottish Junior Cup, the winner of which is eligible for the Scottish Cup. How about the Scottish Amateur Cup? It's run by the Scottish Amateur Football Association and involves all those little football clubs that have AFC at the end of their name. But Queen's Park play in that one, and have won it 12 times, most recently in 2009. Today is Round Two. Let's watch:
Musselburgh AFC [1 - 2] Slamannan AFC
Pennies AFC [1 - 1] North Berwick AFC
Theologians N.E. AFC [postponed] Croft Tavern AFC
Govan AFC [walkover] Clydesdale United AFC
Thursday Celtic hosted Dinamo Zagreb in Europa League action and won 1 - 0.
Today is the final day of the 2014 season in Iceland. Our guys ÍBV have not had a stellar year but they are clear of the relegation zone. FH sit in first place, two points up on Stjarnan who have never won the Icelandic title. KR have already won the Icelandic Cup, and FH the League Cup. [FH 1 - 2 Stjarnan. Stjarnan win the title! Stjarnan, FH, KR and Víkingur qualify for Europe.]