Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Memories

Even your pledges,
leaves of words, have lost their green
now that falling tears
dim my youth as drizzling rains
transform autumnal foliage.
-Ono no Komachi (小野 小町 c. 825 – c. 900)

Image of colourful foliage brought down to earth by autumn rains. Somewhere near Ueda (上田市), Japan. Long time ago.


  1. Even more than I love your beautiful pictures, I've come to really enjoy your accompanying poetry. Always so appropriate and lovely.

  2. Thank you for reading. I love your appreciative comments. Thank you. It keeps me going.

    I wish I could read these poems by Japanese and Chinese poets in the original language. Some of the classical poetry of Japan and China are really evocative, delicate and beautiful.

  3. What's a beautiful blog!!.....I am Japanese but I nearly forget "autumn is most beautiful season in Japan".Here in Tokyo leaves just start to trun into red or yellow, after 10 days it will be beautiful I think!!

  4. Oh how I miss autumn in Japan! It is my favourite season and to watch the yellow, gold and red on the trees in Japan is indeed like being in paradise. Momijigari...紅葉狩.........sigh!!