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Japanese word for cloud

The Japanese word for cloud is kumo.
{It also means spider but that’s another poem.}

Home FieldCanadian summer
is short
but sweeter
for the shortness.
We spent
golden days
driving in
pried wide open
in Ontario,
by pioneer ancestors
just off the boat from
potato famines,
in Alberta
land claimed
and cleared
by their fierce
homesteading cousins.

cloud lake louiseOver vast spaces
sculpted by nature
and snatched from ancient forests
hung rolling fields of clouds.

cloudBanffIn Tokyo
and her surrounding cities
(the names of which
sounded to me
not so long ago
like tire companies
and motorcycles)
clouds are served
in slivers
on blue platters.
Cloud shavings
fall sideways
between columns
of gleaming glass
and concrete.

cloud coke signClouds
over Tokyo
revise themselves,
turn sky-sakura,
impermanent blossoms
transform this city,
home to more
than all of Canada.

cloud sakuraOver these cities
cloud formations
and shift
once more.
I wonder
if this is the world
re-setting itself.
Try again.

cloud yoko bldgTruly, Madly, Deeply,
a British film
for romantics
and people
who now find
themselves old.
A language teacher
and her Latina student
walk through a park
naming what they see.
I see clouds.
in Spanish.


Cherry Blossoms 2.0

The end of the cherry blossom season in Yokohama’s Sankeien Gardens + the company of my mom and my friend Barb + unlimited time to wander with 2 cameras = a perfect afternoon in Japan.

{You might also enjoy Cherry Blossoms 1.0}

Dreaming of Cherry Blossoms

{Photo Credit: Another side of yukita}
This photograph makes me so happy. I went looking for a photograph of cherry blossoms on Flickr’s Creative Commons and found this gorgeous shot which, coincidentally, was taken by Yokohama photographer Masayuki Takaku. You can check out his photographs of this year’s sakura (cherry blossom) season here.

Why is the image of cherry trees in bloom so universally appealing? The blossoms signal the beginning of spring and symbolize new birth… a fresh start. After the long winter, the world explodes in a riot of pink softness and abundance. I believe that the new blossoms inspire feelings of hope in us and that sign of hope is particularly significant for Japan this year.

DP and I leave for Yokohama, Japan on Sunday; we have an amazing opportunity to visit to our new school. I will spend a few mornings with the current Grade 11 and 12 counselor and possibly meet some of the current students. (Wow… I have butterflies of excitement and nervousness about meeting the new kids!) In the evenings, we’ll hang out with friends, get acquainted with Yokohama and perhaps we’ll even see the apartment that we are taking over from the same lovely woman whose Bangkok apartment we moved into when we arrived in Thailand two years ago.

Of course, while we’re in Japan, we’d love to see the cherry blossoms. I’ve read that the cherry trees are blooming a bit later than normal because of the cold weather. According to this site, the estimated best viewing dates in Yokohama are April 6-14.

Although I’m an optimist by nature, I honestly don’t know if the cherry blossoms will be able to wait for us. It’s okay. A year from now, we’ll be living in Yokohama and perhaps we’ll be sitting beneath a light pink hanabi-awning with friends we have not yet met. I feel hopeful… about the blossoms and about living in Japan.

{Photo Credit: domat33f}

If you’re going to be in Tokyo in the next week, Time Out Tokyo recommends the following locations and creative spots for your hanami party:

For more Monday dream, visit The Mother of all Trips.

What or where are you dreaming of this week?