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10 years ago today


Kandagawa sakura evening

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Today’s photo was taken nearly eight years ago. Let the blooming begin.


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Cherry blossoms over the Kandagawa (Tokyo, Japan)

Six years ago today this happened.

Sakura haiku

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Yukiko’s (由起子) sakura haiku (俳句) about the Kanda River (神田川)

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Five years ago this happened. I have shown other haikus before. This one I don’t get. Read literally it says something like “Kanda River, even read from the bottom, reads Kanda River”, but that isn’t true. Kanda River read from the bottom is River Dakan so what am I missing?

More Sakura Haiku

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Here is another of the sakura haiku along the Kanda River in Tokyo. This one reads yoakemae, sakuranoshitawa, baka bakari and means, “Before the dawn, beneath the cherry blossoms, nothing but idiots.” There are a couple of funny things about this one.

Without experiencing a nighttime hanami (flower viewing party) it is difficult to grasp just how crazy these parties can become. Nearly everyone is beyond intoxicated. Hence the “idiots” reference. The other thing about this haiku is the play on words. “Baka” means “idiot” and “bakari” means “only” or “nothing but”. Saying them back to back has a ring of “super idiot” since it starts out “bakabaka”. “Bakabakashii” is actually the adjective form of “baka”.

Anyway, seeing this sign brought a smile to my face. I’m guessing the author (あゆぞう which may have a meaning of its own that I’m not aware of) lives nearby and has to put up with the nightly noise that goes on for more than a week during cherry blossom viewing season.

Japanese Castle Moat?

At first glance, this scene may look like a moat surrounding a Japanese castle with the cherry blossoms in bloom. Actually, this is the Kanda River with one of Chinzanso’s restaurants in the background (Mokushundo–木春堂–to be exact). While I walked the grounds many times, I never did eat at one of the restaurants on the property. The environment was top notch, no doubt, but I just couldn’t hand over several times more cash at these establishments than what similar meals would cost a short walk away.