Posts Tagged Nara Lady English Bloggers

One Time One Meeting: Mysterious Field and Sakura

deer in the mist

deer in the mist. Photo by One Time, One Meeting author Narastoryteller

Mysterious Field and Sakura

From the morning mist, the deer appear one by one.

Read more and see more photos on  One Time One Meeting: Mysterious Field and Sakura.

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Feast for the eyes. Because life moves pretty fast

News of a different sort today, because I’m tired of the barrage of yapping about the various crises – the banking crisis, the Euro crisis, the nuclear crisis, etc.,… Long ago Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” He could have said, “Crises you will always have with you, but this beauty isn’t going to stick around and wait for you to pay attention to it.” Or, as Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast…”

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Recent chills of December at last rapidly accelerated the delayed changing of Japanese maple leaves to vermilion and crimson.

via Stardust English Talk: Autumn giving way to winter after the final burst of glow.

No words necessary.



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Autumn Glory in Japan – photo roundup

I have the honour of knowing personally some great Japanese amateur photographers and bloggers. These ladies blog in English which is not their native language (I blush to think of the results if I tried blogging in Japanese), and they do a great job, don’t you think?

Let me introduce some of them to you via their most recent blog entries, all on the subject of the changing of the leaves:

  1. Chambered Nautilus’ Blog This temple, the blog entry tells me, is home to the grave of James Kirkup, a British poet and writer who lived 30 years in Japan (click here for his obituary in the Guardian).

    Jyojakko-ji, (常寂光寺), a temple located in NW Kyoto prefecture

  2. Cosmos English Writing Blog

    Gorge, Yoshino, Nara - from Cosmos English writing blog. Click photo to see it in full size.

  3. Green Tomato

    Gingko trees in Tenri City, Nara, Japan

  4. One Time One Meeting

    Pagoda and rice field, Nara, Japan

  5. Sarah’s English Writing Blog

    Red leaves' reflection - Todaiji, Nara, Japan

  6. Stardust English Talk

    Nara, Japan

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One Time One Meeting: Current Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves

One Time One Meeting blogger narastoryteller tells the unusual story of 2 modern Japanese poets: one a murderer in prison in the U.S., and the other an enigmatic homeless person. As usual, narastoryteller includes her own stunning photos in this blog entry.

Take a break and read her latest post.

"Lonesome", a collection of tanka poems by Go Hayato

"Lonesome" author Go Hayato has been serving a life term in prison on a murder charge in California, USA.

sky over Nara

sky over Nara

One Time One Meeting: Current Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves.

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One Time One Meeting: Nothing Lasts Forever, Sakura・・・・

Petals of Sakura floating in water are admired as 花筏-flower raft

via One Time One Meeting: Nothing Lasts Forever, Sakura・・・・.

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Cosmos English writing blog: Cherry Blossoms Again

More cherry blossom photos from one of my Nara lady English bloggers. This year, I can’t get enough of them. They waft glorious joyful love.

They prompt me to think back on my life on each occasion and jog memories of the year that has gone. Last year I saw them with a friend pushing her wheelchair. She is not here anymore but I feel sure she is looking at the same cherry blossoms.

via Cosmos English writing blog: Cherry Blossoms Again.

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One Time One Meeting: Sakura・・・・・

Another Nara lady English blogger with beautiful photos. Cherry trees in full bloom. I’m so glad they are not restraining themselves.

A deer is quietly eating petals of Sakura. Photo by narastoryteller

Sakura or cherry blossoms have been long loved by people in Japan. Sakura bloom and fall. And they love from the beginning (even before the beginning) to the end, every phase of Sakura. They see beauty in those blooming Sakura, and admire scattering Sakura as 花吹雪‐flower blizzard. Fallen petals on the water are appreciated as 花筏‐flower raft.

via One Time One Meeting: Sakura・・・・・.

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Stardust English Talk: My World: Castle ruins with cherry blossoms

Here I introduce a blog by a Japanese lady in Nara. The photos are stunning, and soothe the soul in these troubled times.

This is my favorite place. Only nature, stone walls, and moats witnessed the fleeting prosperity of each feudal lord

I had thought that I couldn’t enjoy myself at this time when the nation is in the crisis for the first time after WWII and Tohoku people are suffering the most, but I think I enjoyed…, not the same as usual but being more thankful, finding more pleasures, and feeling inspiration, consolation, and calm energy radiated by the cherry blossoms.

via Stardust English Talk: My World: Castle ruins with cherry blossoms.

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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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