Wednesday, April 09, 2008

bye bye sakura

Last Saturday we went out to catch the last of the cherry blossoms for this year. A couple days of heavy rain later and they've all pretty much disappeared.
hey cherry blossoms--
why the rush
to scatter so soon?
- Issa
the cherry blossoms
that stirred me, shade me
no more
- Issa

14 comments:

  1. :( That must be so sad to see them go. I've always wanted to go to Japan just to see them and the temples...at least you know they'll be back next year!

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  2. Ung! They're so pretty. I just wanna roll around in them. I feel the same about all the dogwood blossoms around here.

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  3. How sad that they fade so fast. But I guess that that fact, combined with their beauty, is the reason why they are referred to so often in poetry and in literature.

    Beautiful pictures, as always.

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  4. Now I'm sad. I miss the cherry blossoms.

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  5. Just wanted to let you know how beautiful your photo's are :-)

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  6. I love the shot with the city in the distance. So wistful. Nice work, as always.

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  7. Janet- Now I have to look forward to iris season.

    Chris- Yes, they'll be back next year but that does seem a long way off. Spring really is the best season to visit Japan especially if you can time it right to come when the cherry trees are in full bloom. But fall is pretty nice too. :)

    Andi- LOL. I can picture you and Daisy having a good ol' roll around in the petals! :P

    Nymeth- That is exactly why they are so revered. The ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossom is such a bit part of Japanese literature and psyche.

    Literary Feline- As Chris said, they will be back next year. But it is always sad when they go, it means spring is truly here and hot, sticky summer is not far behind. :(

    Vicki- Thanks! :)

    Kookie- Thanks! My husband picked out that one too. :)

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  8. Lovely photographs, and the haikus complement them.

    It is sad about the beautiful sakura being so ephemeral. Here the golden laburnumns are in full bloom and will disappear by mid-April, marking the beginning of the hot summer.

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  9. A Reader from India- It is sad but there are other flowers to look forward to. :)

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  10. How gorgeous--even if only temporary! It's very slowly finally starting to turn green where I live, too. I would love to see some flowers now...

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  11. Danielle- I think the fact that they do last for such a short time is part of their charm. Hope some flowers start to bloom soon where you are.

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  12. Oh, too bad about the cherry blossoms, Nat, but like you say, there are other flowers to look forward to! This year I was lucky enough to view the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, they're just gorgeous, but guess what, I forgot my camera!!!

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  13. Lotus- I can't believe you forgot your camera! :P

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