Blogging is difficult in certain circumstances. Here are a few.
- the blogger has no internet connection
- the blogger has nothing of note to say (write)
- the blogger has no time to write
- the blogger has lost interest in his/her audience
- the blogger has been arrested
- the blogger was deported to a place from which blogging is not allowed
In my case, numbers 3 comes closest to describing the recent downtime. Working six or seven days a week leaves little time for levity! In my case, though, “work” includes not only the dull bits one finds in any job (answering email, planning, checking budgets, attending meetings), it also consists of running rehearsals, practicing for recitals, and other musical activities. So, dear reader, do not construe my excuse for not blogging as a complaint. A musician who is busy making music is not (or should not be) an unhappy person.
Recent doings include two choir festivals, another organ recital, Christmas music planning, England choir tour planning, and other such things. I did manage a full day off yesterday (Monday was a national holiday in Japan) and enjoyed a walk around parts of Tokyo with my son Masa, and a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at home in the evening with family. Weather wasn’t the best for photography, but there is always something to be captured while walking. A few photos:
- Coffee Kiazuma Zoshigaya （コーヒーキアズマ雑司が谷)
A nice retro coffee shop in a remodeled wooden house near several shrines and temples in the area. Lovely for walking, and delicious coffees for a good price.
2. Somewhat dilapidated Shinto shrine grounds. Atmospheric on this dark day.
3. Son Masa with the 600+ year-old Zelkova tree near the coffee shop.
4. Dream home in the Higashi Ikebukuro area. Signs warn one not to get near during earthquakes or strong winds. Otherwise, it’s a fine fixer-upper.
5. Glass art at Yurakucho Station area
6. Happy Thanksgiving, all!