“Ishi no ue ni mo san nen…”
In a Front Page piece from back in the summer, I discuss (among other things) and provide examples of kotowaza (proverbs or wise sayings), including —
“Even monkeys fall from trees” (Saru mo ki kara ochiru / 猿も木から落ちる )
and “Sit on a rock for 3 years” (Ishi no ue ni mo san nen / 石の上にも三年).
“Even monkeys fall from trees” is pretty easy to understand. In other words, even those with the most apparent skill (whether in social climbing or quarterbacking a college football team [St. Tim]) will someday get their comeuppance. “Sit on a rock for 3 years” is a little more obtuse. In sum, it means “be patient”.
So, with that noted, I ask those several of you who’ve emailed me about when I plan to post Satsuma, Part II (the follow up to, surprise, Satsuma, Part I) to please sit on a rock for 3 years, or, perhaps, just 3-5 more days. I’m very appreciative of your eagerness to read the follow-up. Hold on, I’m coming.
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With that out of the way I post below, as several brilliant non-sequiturs, a few photos from bygone days, 1990-1, when I lived in the small town of “Asaki” (not the real name), Hyogo Prefecture. This town forms the backdrop for my story “Etsuko“. I’ve only recently come across these photos. I haven’t really “cleaned them up”, yet, so pardon any old pits or shmutz on them. Enjoy.