Monday, July 04, 2005


The sky cascade of the rainy season has finally arrived, looking much as Hiroshige depicted it in #46 (not far from here) of his 53 Stages of the Tokkaido, except that the straw hats, rain capes and straw sandals are now in folk museums. The fully clad farmers nowadays wear nylon windbreakers, running shoes, trucker hats that say things like Shiga Rice Co-op and drive pickup trucks, though they carry the same mDNA as their ancestors in the woodblock print, traveling the same long road.

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