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Birthday in Tokyo

TREATS! Celebrating duel March birthdays – Chirashi sushi so beautiful – Wajima laquer bowl so beautiful …Friendship so appreciated – Gochisousama:)

Signs of being very stressed – tightened jaws, stiff shoulders, tight hips, shallow breathing, insomnia, odd pain at lower back … waking up in the morning already tired… still … employing all my knowledge from yoga therapeutics towards self-care to put on a happy face. To carry on.

With intentions to make my mother’s sunset time of life, hopefully a better one has given me a renewed sense of purpose. And at all times, what’s most effective in combatting this overwhelming energy drain for a reboot is through … Gratitude … Challenging times made a bit less painful, thanks to family and friends – forever grateful. Glad to be able to reciprocate those I owe so much gratitude to, one at a time, sharing. I would not have made it without going insane or seriously sick without your support. Arigato!!

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さくら 桜 SAKURA

ことしも生きて

さくらを見ています

ひとは生涯に

何回ぐらいさくらをみるのかしら

ものごごろのつくのが十歳ぐらいなら

どんなに多くても七十回ぐらい

三十回 四十回のひともざら

なんという少なさだろう

もっともっと多く見るような気がするのは

先祖の視覚もまぎれこみ重なり合い霞だつせいでしょう

あでやかとも妖しくとも不気味とも

捉えかねの花のいろ

さくらふぶきの下をふららと歩くと

一瞬

名僧のごとくわかるのです

死こそ常態

生はいとしき蜃気楼

茨木のり子

隅田川下流の月島にて@a bridge in Moon Island

Viewing sakura

how many times in our life time may we witness sakura bloom in spring

if around age ten, we become aware of the world around us

perhaps as many as 70 times for most

30 times 40 times are not uncommon

so few so fleeting for some

yet there’s that awareness of many many more – as though we have witnessed multitudes of sakura viewing

Because

our ancestral memories floods into our consciousness, folding into a blur of a haze

What could be described as Enchanting Mystical maybe even Eerie colors of petals

ambling under the blizzard of sakura petals

INSTANTLY (“poof”)

the haze lifts, like it had for an enlightened monk

Death is the everyday common normalcy

Life is the miraculous mirage

Noriko Ibaragi “Sakura”

translated by K. Tsuyama
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