奥の細道 (Oku no Hosomichi)

Redolent of Matsuo Basho's haiku narrative of his journey on a "narrow path to the interior" this will be a journey through my innermost ruminations.

Oscar Season
Posted:Dec 30, 2017 2:19 pm
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2018 9:29 pm

As much as I hate cold weather, in one sense at least this is my favorite time of the year... it's when the Oscar-worthy movies come out. I got a late start this year because I was traveling in Japan. I missed a lot of movie reviews, and a few enticing flicks, but I'm finally catching up. Sadly, this year's list looks a little thin, though I haven't see The Post, which I'm hoping will save the day for me. In the past week I've seen Darkest Hour and Downsizing. Gary Oldman did a pretty fair job in Darkest Hour, though he over-acted a bit, and Hong Chau was a real sweetheart in Downsizing. I want to see I Tonya and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand seems to finally have another vehicle worthy of her talent. I don't watch anything on TV unless it's really ancient, so I won't see the new Blade Runner, which I missed while I was away. Somehow, I can't see myself paying for a flick and then sitting in my living room long enough to watch it all the way through, Weird, huh?

There are a few more attractive-sounding flicks out there, and I'm hoping to find some real gems among them. I used to not have to wait for Oscar season. I had a couple of pals who kept up with the movie world and steered me to the good stuff, indie flicks and the like in particular. Sadly, one died of cancer (I have come to really hate that fucking disease) and another moved to Arizona, leaving me to rely on my own inadequate judgment. I keep promising myself that I'm going to start hanging our with movie-smart people again, but so far haven't made that move.

How about you? Are you a year-round movie buff, or just an Oscar-season aficionado? What are the best flicks you've seen this year, and why do you think they're Oscar-worthy, or at least must-see? What's your favorite genre... Action? Sci-fi? Fantasy? Drama? Western? Chick-flicks? Indies? Do you have any favorite method or source for finding great independent or art flicks?
Screw the Resolutions, Just Do It!
Posted:Dec 19, 2017 1:37 pm
Last Updated:Dec 22, 2017 1:04 pm
Everybody's getting all noble about making New Year's Resolutions. I used to do that. Never worked. Finally I started listening to Yoda. "Not Try... Do or Not Do!"

No More resolutions. After years of thinking about going to Japan... I just went. After years of hearing that my favorite Ginza bar was closed and the mama-san had moved back home, I walked into the place where it had always been, and within 20 minutes I was drinking a Tanqueray and Tonic at its new Ginza location. Instead of looking out the window at a clear blue late-December sky and thinking about how much I needed to exercise, I grabbed my favorite girl, jumped in the car and in twenty minutes I was hiking along an old canal tow-path overlooking a beautiful river gorge.

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Back from Japan, The Delights of Hot Springs
Posted:Dec 18, 2017 1:52 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2018 7:45 am
Japanese Hot Springs Resorts come in all sizes and varieties. I chose one of the best for my visit... the onsen at Seni Iwa no Yuu in Nagano Prefecture.
These hot springs are unusual in that the main springs are inside a cave which is mixed bathing. The myth about Japan's hot springs is that mixed bathing is nude.
With a few exceptions mainly on the northern island of Hokkaido, only the private baths are nude. However, there are plenty of private baths where nude mixed bathing is the rule. In the cave bath at Seni Iwa no Yuu, bathing suits are provided to all bathers. The lights are dim, however, and there are plenty of dead-end offshoots within the cave, so the opportunities for a bit of hanky panky still abound.

The main fun is in the private baths, both indoor and outside, which are all discreetly screened off from view. I wasn't traveling with a female companion, so I didn't have an opportunity to avail myself of the privacy of the baths for a bit of fun, as I do at my private lakeside hot bath in Virginia. I did manage to be invited to correct that oversight if I visit Japan this May for the anniversary celebration of a certain lady friend's business establishment. It seems that one of her girls is opening a spa in Miyagi Prefecture shortly.

Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy the photos of the pools of one of the premier hot spring onsens in Japan.

Back From Japan, Tracking Down My Past
Posted:Dec 10, 2017 7:08 pm
Last Updated:Jan 13, 2018 8:25 pm
I spent two weeks in Japan recently. Apologies for not keeping in touch.
Communication was somewhat limited. I was unexpectedly able to fairly easily track down a dear lady friend whose business establishment was once my base of operations in the Ginza. I am pleased to report that the place is doing a land-office business with a staff of ten lovelies whose sole purpose was to uphold japan's reputation for discrete satisfaction of every desire. I unfortunately did not unlimber my camera in the establishment, but one of the delightful young creatures did take my photo with the mama san.

Back from Japan -- Grilled River Fish: A work of art.
Posted:Dec 10, 2017 5:54 pm
Last Updated:Dec 18, 2017 7:06 pm

The two weeks in Japan went about as I expected. I froze my ass off in drafty castles clambering around in my stocking feet because the slippers they provided were too small and would have sent me plunging to my death had I tried to wear them on my feet on the slick narrow castle stairs. The autumn leaves were stunning. Unfortunately, fucking Apple has locked my photos of them deep in their impenetrable iCloud where repeated efforts to apply the multiple passwords they inflict on the unwary have produced nothing but "blurt" They're still on my iPhone, however, so eventually I'll get them switched over to the iMac when Apple isn't looking and will then post a couple here (Success! Three photos have survived the posting process).

The photos of the fabulous meal at the hot springs inn in Nagano will either intrigue or mystify the neophyte traveler to Asia. The full menu appears in the first photo. Two samples appear below. The third photo shows how the fish and accompanying vegetables are presented on the table, looking like a flower centerpiece. The plated fish, which is eaten in its delicious, crispy entirity, head, tail, fins and bones, appears in the second photo.
How (not) to deal with the cold
Posted:Nov 13, 2017 9:54 am
Last Updated:Dec 13, 2017 12:50 pm

We just went through a cold snap here in the mid-Atlantic U.S. so like an idiot I cranked up the heat and dried out my skin to the point I could hardly sleep from the itching.

I'll be heading off to Japan in another fortnight (thanks to stupidly switching my plane tickets from comfortable October because I saved a few hundred bucks on the price) and spend two nights in an inn with paper walls in Nagano, where they held the Winter Olympics. I'm sure glad I ordered a pair of silk thermals a month ago because I doubt I'll have much room heat. I did have the foresight to book myself into a hot springs inn in Nagano where I intend to spend every available hour when I'm not hiking between castles, temples and shrines up to my neck in hot water. The down side of that, of course, is that the hot water dries skin out.

Fortunately I'll spend the rest of my trip in slightly warmer Kyoto and Tokyo, but still in houses with paper walls. I used to be pretty good at making the acquaintance of obliging Turkish-bath girls in Japan. Hope I haven't lost my touch and I hope they use a lot of body lotion on me. I'm not sure how good the other oils that result from bodily contact will be for keeping skin from drying out.
Private Messages
Posted:Feb 16, 2010 4:46 am
Last Updated:Nov 2, 2017 3:16 pm
Here's a place for you to leave a note that you don't want the rest of the class to see (I check her mail slot regularly for messages ).

If you'd like to start a private dialog, and don't have email, you can create a mailbox like this on your blog and we can correspond that way without our messages being visible to others. Leave me a note if you can't figure out how to do this, and I'll leave you a public note here or on your blog about how to do it. If you don't have a blog yet, then you'll have to quickly create one and put a mailbox on it, or check back here occasionally to see my response, then the rest of our correspondence can be private.
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No Way Out - Belle de Jour - Jenny
Posted:Oct 12, 2009 3:27 am
Last Updated:Jan 2, 2018 6:58 pm

Some of my readers have found it more enjoyable to read the formatted, punctuated, version of my "No Way Out" story that I have posted in the "Erotic Stories" section of the Magazine. The original, posted earlier here, was created in a stream-of-consciousness, unpunctuated style as I raced to get it written. For those of you new to the story, it revolves around the misfortune of a beautiful, successful young happily married woman who makes one irretrievable mistake and involves an extensive cast of memorable characters, of a sort not usually found in stories on this site.

The most satisfying part of writing this series has been the interchange I have enjoyed as a result with the women who have followed the story. They are in many ways the actual lead character. I hope you will join their company, and the exchange of commentary that we have started together.

For your convenience I have created an indexed link to these chapters below:

No Way Out - Day One (Part one)
No Way Out - Day One (Part two)
No Way Out - Day One (Part three)
No Way Out - Day One (Part four)
No Way Out - Day One (Part five)
No Way Out - Day One (part 6)
No Way Out - Day One (part 7)
No Way Out - Day One (part
No Way Out - Day One (part 9)
No Way Out - Day One (part 10)
No Way Out - Day One (part 11)
No Way Out - Day Two (part 1)
No Way Out - Day Two (part 2)
No Way Out - Day Two (part 3)
No Way Out - Day Two (part 4)
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 5
No Way Out - Day Two (part 6)
No Way Out - Day Two (part 7)
No Way Out - Day Two (part
No Way Out - Day Two (part 9)
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 10
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 11
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 12
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 13
No Way Out, Day Two - Part 14
No Way out, Day Two - Part 15
Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour 2
Belle de Jour 3
Belle de Jour 4
Belle de Jour 5
Belle de Jour 6
Belle de Jour 7
Belle de Jour 8
Belle de Jour 9
Belle de Jour 10
Belle de Jour 11
Belle de Jour 12
Belle de Jour 13 (amended - italics and links added)

Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 1)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 2)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 3)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 4)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 5)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 6)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter 7)
Jenny in Costa Rica (Chapter

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Something about me
Posted:Jun 9, 2009 8:31 am
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2018 8:45 pm
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

__Henry David Thoreau

I think I'll add a little bit from my profile about who I am and what I focus on. The rest you can get from my stories, most of which are indexed, complete with links to each, below No Way Out Belle de Jour Jenny and illustrate both my imagination and creativity in an erotic setting and my sexual, dominant side. (Some of the shorter stories aren't indexed, but you can find them on my blog, for example this one on page one Exquisite Agony.)

"The knowledge of the ancients was perfect. How perfect? At first they did not know that there were things. This is the most perfect knowledge -- nothing can be added. Next, they knew that there were things, but did not make distinctions between them. Next they made distinctions, but did not pass judgment. When they started to pass judgment, the Tao was destroyed."


This week's song -
Me and Bobby Magee -- Sheryl Crow & Kris Kristofferson
(the Janis Joplin arrangement)

My cathedral-ceilinged cabin made of 200-year-old hand-hewn logs enjoys a panoramic picture-window view of my private, secluded lake near DC. I am always open to the possibility that a woman interested in new experiences might wish to join me there. In addition to exotic and creative sex, I love outdoor activities: hiking, swimming, biking, hot-tubbing, star-gazing. I enjoy concerts, mainly folk rock. I don't care much for the bar mob scene, though I do enjoy a quiet jazz lounge setting, where the atmosphere is conducive to intimate conversation with an intelligent, interesting and exciting woman as we enjoy the music. I have my own well-stocked bar and wine cellar for romantic get-togethers. I usually swim for about an hour a day when I'm in the mountains and do some fishing and canoeing. I also do some biking and hiking. I live in separate worlds, and keep them apart. I enjoy reading fiction, history and biography (I'm currently--12/4/16-- just starting to read a new translation of the world's oldest novel, Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji. This book is also the world's oldest erotic novel).

Sex has always been a huge part of my life. Much of my life has been defined by my sexual relationships. My primary interest in alt. is explore the similarities its lifestyle has with what I experienced in Japan. Secondarily, I use alt. as a sounding board for the erotic fiction I post in my blog and the magazine No Way Out Belle de Jour Jenny. As my stories indicate, I can play rough, but I prefer more subtle methods of asserting my control, finding your weaknesses, your secret desires, what makes you melt, what would humiliate yet mesmerize, intoxicate, thrill and enthrall you, and help you achieve undreamed-of heights of sexual arousal, frustration and fulfillment, if I did it to you.

I am disease free and I expect the same from you. I'm also drug free and expect the same.

My sexual preferences cover a wide range. I enjoy excitement in sex. My past liaisons have involved sex in public places (e.g. late at night in a fourth-floor lobby while waiting for an elevator) where the risk of discovery was high enough to give us a rush. Two of the most amazing women I have known were talented dancers, and I redesigned the deck of my cabin to accommodate the skills of a particularly talented exotic dancer of my acquaintance. The deck, the hot tub by my tree-lined lake or the float in the lake make ideal sites for the thrill of outdoor lovemaking.

It is important to me to create an environment in which a woman feels secure as she strives to reach her full submissive potential.

If you are an attractive woman who seeks happiness, security and fulfilment in a relaxed relationship with an endlessly imaginative dominant partner who has been a world traveler and is now creating a sexual paradise in an unparalleled natural environment, why not come see what I have to offer you?

PS: I'm married, and I'm only really seeking married women, though I don't discriminate if someone single comes along. You may have noticed that I change my age from time to time. It depends on my mood. I hope you don't mind. I don't like people making judgments about me without knowing me. if my age is more important to you than my personality, appearance, intellect, ability or performance, we're probably not gonna get along anyhow.

My Ideal Person: I am looking for an attractive, intelligent woman who would like an improved sex life and is seeking a sophisticated, sexually creative and skilled master or partner whose libido is unquenchable. On balance I find that physical, intellectual, spiritual and sexual attributes mean more to me than age. I would particularly like to find a hwp female playmate who wants to enjoy various erotic arts, which might include such things as public display, casual nudity, constant availability and fondling, and could extend to humiliation, cock-worship, fetish- fantasy- and bondage and leash-and-collar-centered sex. Throughout my life, almost all of my female companions have been slender or hwp. I find that works for me, though I have also enjoyed the company of women of all sizes and shapes.
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