glimpses of natural beauty in japan

 

My recent trip to Japan to observe multifamily housing was partially funded through the Arthur A. & Florence G. Fisher Traveling Scholarship / AIA Colorado. The trip was truly astonishing and life altering and I can’t wait to go back with my wife and daughter.

As I walked the streets of Tokyo, Yokohama, Sendia, and Kyoto, I soaked up the architecture—but I was also taken with the beauty of the trees and flowers. This post is a tribute to that. Oh, and I’ve thrown in some traditional Japanese poetry as well. I hope you enjoy.

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Poem from The Narrow Road of the Interior by Matsuo Basho

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Ah, awesome sight!
on summer leaves and spring leaves,
the radiance of the sun! [/one_half]

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ara toto
aoba wakaba no
ni no hikari

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Poems from the story Akimichi
(anonymous late sixteenth or early seventeenth century)

It was late in the Third Month. Kitamuki composed this poem on the eve of her departure:

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It had seemed to me
that these springtime blossoms
had reached their prime,
but tomorrow, alas,
they are fated to scatter.
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kono haru no
hana no sakari to
omoishi ni
asu chiriyukan
koto zo kanashiki

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Akimichi’s reply was prompt:

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That is foolishness!
We shall surely see them again.
Though someone may break
the branch where they bloom each spring,
our love of the blossoms endures.

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oroka nari
mata mo aubeki
haru goto no
eda wa oru tomo
kokoro kawaraji

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