Japan’s 72 gossamer-light and poetic microseasons

The traditional seasons in Japan are marked out by impercetibly small changes in nature across 72 miniature seasons in a year, each lasting 5 days and reflecting the fleeting, impermanent and diaphanous beauty of nature and all of its wonders. There are 24 divisions or sekki in the calendar that are split into 72 kō that last around five days each. Originating from China, the calendar was brought to Japan in 1685 by court astronomer Shibukawa Shunkai. I think this is a far more comprehensive, meaningful and meditative way to understand the world. I don’t know how this calendar isn’t … Continue reading Japan’s 72 gossamer-light and poetic microseasons

Grandscale Beauty: The Overview Effect: Cyanobacterial Bloom in the Baltic Sea

Map makers, Google Earth developers, astronauts and those who gaze at the earth and universe for a living are already convinced of the tremendous beauty of large places seen from space. For most of us mere mortals we won’t ever get the chance to see the earth from space.  The ‘Overview Effect’ was a term coined by astronauts in the 1980’s, who, after orbiting around our pale blue dot were overcome by an overwhelming sense of beauty, harmony and fragility of our planetary home.  From our largely horizontal access to the world’s surface, we don’t really clock the magnitude of the … Continue reading Grandscale Beauty: The Overview Effect: Cyanobacterial Bloom in the Baltic Sea