it’s cherry blossom viewing season!

14 Feb
A tribute to the Sakura cherry blossom viewing, or “hanami”
The hue of the cherry
fades too quickly from sight
all for nothing
this body of mine grows old–
spring rain ceaselessly falling.
Ono no Komachi
This gathered cherry branch can scarce convey
A fancy of the blossom-laden tree:
Blooming in sunlight, could I view it there
Thoughts of its beauty would drive sleep away.

Emperor Shomu

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