Sakura! Sakura! サクラ、サクラ 桜

From late March to early April, hundreds of cherry trees blossom all over Japan, turning the Land of Rising Sun into a sea of white and pink flowering branches. Every spring blossoming sakura  trees  attract thousands of people to enjoy this amazing spectacle of beauty.

Sakuras  blooming season lasts only a few days. Japanese botanists report that this year cherry trees blossom prematurely — the winter was unusually warm.  So, it’s time to drop everything and smell the flowers…

Blossoms at night, and the faces of people moved by music. (Kobayashi Issa. Translated by Robert Hass)

Blossoms at night,
and the faces of people
moved by music.
(Kobayashi Issa.
Translated by Robert Hass)

That butterfly! The blossom has his heart They're kissing (Shofuni)

That butterfly!
The blossom has his heart
They’re kissing
(Shofuni)

shining on the sea... dazzling sunlight shaking over hills of cherry-bloom (Yosa Buson)

shining on the sea…
dazzling sunlight shaking over
hills of cherry-bloom (Yosa Buson)

 TACHIBANA AKEMI (1812-68)  Tanka poet writing in the 'Manyō' style    What a delight it is   When, of a morning,   I get up and go out   To find in full bloom a flower   That yesterday was not there.1

TACHIBANA AKEMI
(1812-68)
 
What a delight it is
When, of a morning,
I get up and go out
To find in full bloom a flower
That yesterday was not there. 

Drinking up the clouds, It spews out cherry blossoms - Yoshino Mountain.

Drinking up the clouds,
It spews out cherry blossoms –
Yoshino Mountain.(Matsuo Basho)

Temple bells die out. The fragrant blossoms remain. A perfect evening! (Marsuo Basho)

Temple bells die out.
The fragrant blossoms remain.
A perfect evening! (Matsuo Basho)

From all directions Winds bring petals of cherry Into the grebe lake. (Matsuo Basho)

From all directions
Winds bring petals of cherry
Into the grebe lake. (Matsuo Basho)

Away traveling Thinking of my Cherry Blossoms Viewed solely by the dog...

Away traveling
Thinking of my Cherry Blossoms
Viewed solely by the dog… (Yosa Buson)

The mountain guide  simply takes no notice of the cherry blossoms. (Yosa Buson)

The mountain guide
simply takes no notice
of the cherry blossoms. (Yosa Buson)

amid the joys of my spring garden she whispers her sad news, idly plucks a redbud blossom from my hair2

amid the joys
of my spring garden
she whispers her sad news,
idly plucks a redbud blossom
from my hair (TACHIBANA AKEMI)

A lovely spring night   suddenly vanished while we viewed cherry blossoms (Matsuo Basho)

A lovely spring night
suddenly vanished while we viewed cherry blossoms (Matsuo Basho)

in blossoms a horsefly plays… don’t eat it friend-sparrow. (Matsuo Basho)

in blossoms
a horsefly plays… don’t eat it
friend-sparrow. (Matsuo Basho)

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