Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Our life in this world
To what shall I compare it?

It is like a boat
That rows away at dawn

Leaving no wake behind.
-Sami Mansei ca. 720
from Man'yoshu

It will soon be Hanami. This year it will be tinged with a lot more sadness than in the past years. We are all Nihon jin this year, specially for 2011 Hanami.

While happiness, joy and indeed life itself are like the delicately beautiful but ephemeral cherry blossoms, bad times and sadness too don't last for ever. Perhaps that is the true lesson of Hanami.

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