Posts Tagged Nara

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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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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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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