Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sunday Salon: cherry blossom season

It's been a busy week and weekend, both work-wise and socially. But we did manage to get out with our cameras and take a few pictures as well. It's cherry blossom season, you see. The cherry trees in Tokyo are full of pretty pink blossoms for a few precious days before they fall off and disappear for another year.

Tired from travel,
I'm falling asleep under
A tree at Yoshino
While a spring breeze gathers
And pulls over me a quilt of petals
-- Saigyo

A lovely spring night
suddenly vanished while we
viewed cherry blossoms
-- Basho

So after a busy week, which included not getting enough sleep, it was nice to just sit down and read for a few hours today. In doing so I was able to finally finish off The Triumph of Deborah. I hadn't had much time to read over the last week but focusing on it this afternoon the last half flew by and now I'm looking forward to starting something new tonight.

Also, don't forget to enter my spring cleaning giveaway for BAFAB Week, if you haven't already. Happy reading!

Week in review:
Reading records, bookish travels, and link sharing
Little Stories - Jeff Roberts (review)
BAFAB: Spring Cleaning Giveaway
Try Something New Mini-Challenge
March in Review


  1. So beautiful, Nat! I do love cherry trees. :-) Their flowers are so lovely.

    I am glad you were able to find time to read today. I hope to spend some time doing that today. I didn't get to do any reading yesterday like I had planned.

    I hope you have a great week! Happy reading!

  2. Thank you for posting the photos of the cherry blossoms. It is a site I've never seen and likely never will see. Yet, happily, I've seen it now.

  3. Beautiful! There are cherry blossoms all up my street at the moment, and my car is covered in pink petals every morning. Lovely!

  4. So beautiful. I love the poems too.

  5. Oh what beautiful pictures! Cherry blossoms were on my mind this afternoon as I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha. I wish we had such pretty trees in Minnesota!

  6. Thank-you for these beautiful photos Nat. I am always sad whn I finish a good book yet excited to begin a new one.

    Hope this coming week will be more peacful and allow you to read more

  7. Gorgeous photos, Nat! I love those cherry blossoms. Silly question, but are they fragrant?

  8. Your photos are just so beautiful. As a matter of fact I just mentioned that :)
    I gave you a little award which I hope makes you smile.

  9. Nat, last year I was in DC admiring the cherry blossoms...they are so beautiful, aren't they? How long is the season? Japan must be so beautiful right now!

  10. The flowers are simply gorgeous. I recently read a book of Japanese tales that talked a lot of the Cherry blossoms and I'd love to see them firsthand one day.

  11. Wendy - I know the feeling.. I never seem to get in as much reading as I'd like. It was nice to find some time last weekend.

    debnance - You're welcome. :)

    mariel - I took a walk among the falling cherry blossoms earlier in the week, and it was so pretty!

    Nymeth - :o)

    Kim L - Nice timing! How are you enjoying Memoirs of a Geisha?

    Kristen - Cherry blossoms are the best part of spring! :)

    Sylvie - Sometimes I think I enjoy finishing and starting books more than the actual reading of them. Not really but maybe you know what I mean. :)

    Les - Yes, they are fragrant, but it's a very soft, subtle scent.

    Iliana - Thanks again for the award. It did make me smile! :)

    Lotus - It's such a pretty season! Once the first bud opens, it's about a week later that the tree will be in full bloom and only a few days later that the petals start to fall. So the season is only really a couple of weeks. That's why Japanese poets love to revere the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms. :)

    Trish - The Japanese really love the cherry blossoms, more so than any other I think. It is a wonderful time to visit Japan if you can time it right.


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