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Tribute to cherry blossom

Taken at the Yamato Bunka-kan museum, Nara, April 10th, 2012. Click any image to see a larger version. The day was overcast. My friend Cosmos went the day before and had sunshine. See her photos on Cosmos English Writing blog.

My friend Narastoryteller took some lovely photos of cherry trees in the rain. See Sakura, Sakura.


weeping cherry or "shidare zakura" 枝垂れ桜

weeping cherry or "shidare zakura" 枝垂れ桜

Many Japanese will tell you, until you are sick of hearing it, that Japanese love the cherry blossom because it represents the short life of the samurai; the brief span of the  blossom gives it a poignant beauty. But when I stood in front of this weeping cherry, I felt the cherry trees will be here for ever. Only I will not be.

Miharu Takizakura

Miharu Takizakura

I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see.



Blogger Green Tomato posted photos of cherry trees she saw Here and There.



For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring there is a different green.

(“I Sit and Think” by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Sarah took photos of Spring in Full Swing in Nara and Osaka.

Stardust took photos of Sagi-ike Pond reflections with sakura.



Chambered Nautilus took photos of flowers in her garden before venturing out on a fine day in spring and taking photos in Kyoto and Osaka, including photos of the cherry trees along the Kamogawa river. She writes tanka (Japanese poetry) and even translates them into English for you, so there’s no excuse not to visit!


To be continued…

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Hope – A lady blogger in Nara, Japan, writes about the Tohoku disaster

Cherry blossom loved by Japanese people is going to bloom in April, which will brighten up people’s hearts.

Cherry blossom loved by Japanese people is going to bloom in April, which will brighten up people’s hearts.

An lady blogger from Nara, Japan, blogs in English her personal response to the tragedy in Tohoku. If you feel that her beautiful photos of flowers and peaceful scenes are strangely incongruous, or perhaps even irrelevant to the content of her post, please think again and consider. This is a “stoical” Japanese person’s way of both expressing and dealing with almost overwhelming grief. (The lady is Japanese, and English is not her native language).

 An ancient city Nara with the history in 1300, which is grieved about the unrecorded disaster, watching the victims. The saw-toothed east coastline and the sea with many small islands around were the places where my husband and I occasionally traveled. Many old and young lives were washed away by the tsunami. I have been thinking about victims and my friends in the earthquake-stricken areas for days. This disaster taught us that one persons help is small, but if we join hands, it can be a great power. Like many other prefectures, Nara also offered empty houses to the victims to stay for a while. As a Nara citizen, I am proud of this try…

Aid groups from 134 countries are conducting relief activities in the disastrous areas. An American aid group named Operation Tomodachi, which means operation of friends, is actively helping the sufferers there. Many foods and water are carried by helicopters from “Ronald Regan” in harbor off the east coast, which we are really grateful.

via Green Tomato: Hope.

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