Posts Tagged ‘桜’

A selection of my favorite photographs from the 2016 cherry blossom season. Most of these photographs were taken in Toyonaka, which is in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, but a few of the mistier ones were taken on Yoshino Mountain in Nara, on a beautiful rainy day in spring. Photo data, from the top: […]


the 11th year

31Mar16

March 29 marks the anniversary of my arrival in Japan, where I’ve now lived for a total of ten full years, almost a quarter of my life. I celebrated the beginning of my 11th year of living in Japan with a trip to Sennyū-ji temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto with the poets Yoko Danno and Kiyoko […]


hanami verses

29Apr14

When the cherry blossoms all fall from the trees they group together in massed piles, a kind of strange writing on the dark ground which can almost be read but yet somehow is impossible to transcribe.  In this season, verses want to be written and lines drop through the air, linking together in drifted quatrains. […]


Actually, these were all shot in the spring of 2013.  All shots were taken using a Holga CFN 120 loaded with LOMO 400 medium format film.  


the blood tree

23Mar13

The cherry trees in the Osaka area are just starting to blossom, but there’s one tree on the Osaka University campus that’s already in full bloom.  In fact, the other day when it was a bit warm the flower petals were already starting to fall from the tree, forming drifting flower flurries in the air.  […]


The plum blossoms are at full strength, the white magnolia in my backyard is covered with so many blossoms that it looks like a performing waiter balancing a thousand ceramic cups on a thousand arms like some kind of woodland Shiva, and the songbirds have returned to scope out all the good early nesting opportunities.  […]


All photographs taken using a Ricoh GRD2, spontaneously and without design.