A windowpane covered with raindrops and green foliage outside
It's been a weird summer - life with COVID-19, extraordinary Olympics and Paralympics played in empty stadiums and arenas, and extreme weather difference. The Olympics must have been the hottest ever, but with its ending, there came unusual much cooler days with too much rain for the consecutive two weeks, and then with the start of the Paralympics, heat wave came back with vengeance. During the Olympics, I felt like that I was choking in sauna. After that I wanted to send our rain to the areas suffering extreme heat and wild fires. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics was held in the cool, crisp air of October before the Games was overly commercialized. If the IOC values “diversity”, the various different climate of the host countries should be considered about the holding period of the events.
Two weeks of rainy days in high summer is the first thing I experienced in my life. While fearful of the violent rains, I liked the coolness, nonetheless, and enjoyed capturing the lovely scenes created by rain.
The Lotuses and a Heron were taken at the ancient Fujiwara Palace Ruins near Asuka Village. The aqua plants looked dreamy and harmonious in each process of life under the leaden skies.
On our way back
The Paralympics ended about a week ago. The performances of the Olympians were so moving and inspiring, and still more the Paralympians’. How many times was I moved to tears? I’m happy for the athletes that they could play to their full potentials protected in the parallel world of the bubble. I'm also grateful to the volunteers who practiced "hospitality" tirelessly on behalf of the citizens. Outside the bubble, COVID-19 case number recorded highest every passing day.
I like myself best when I'm with my grandchildren. Especially so, when I can't escape from sadness and grimness of daily news worldwide. They returned to school late August. Now that the declining trend of infection continues, school lunch started today. A little over 50 percent of the 120,000,000 population finished full vaccination in my country. Acquiring herd immunity is said to be difficult regarding RNA viruses like corona. Can we catch our breath, or as is often the case, will the loosened tension for more freedom trigger another big wave?
Linked to Mosaic Monday