Friday, March 18, 2011

A Tanka for Sessue, and how you can help Japan

This week's poem is part of the Japanese Cinema Blogathon, hosted by JapanCinema and CinemaFanatic, to aid the victims of the recent devastation in Japan.  Please click the banner at the end of the post to donate.  They desperately need our help. 

Fate was a shed door,
and a slow-moving steamship;
you built your life to
the sound of two hands clapping.
Your brand is on film, always.

Sessue Hayakawa was film's first Asian "movie star".  He was born in Japan and returned there after his retirement in the 1960s, becoming a Zen priest.

Sessue Hayakawa

To help in the relief effort, please click below.  Thank you.