April 12, 2012

More cherry blossoms and a bird

Filed under: photo — theresaurus @ 2:13 pm

Last weekend everyone was at the park, any park, a few of these everyones even noticing the cherry blossoms. It was too crowded, too much noise and commotion, too many families. During the weekday the trees seem abandoned and ignored. Not many people in the parks and here the cherries are, all decked out in their once-a-year-fancy dress full bloom and nobody seems to stop and admire them, not stopping to smell the cherries. The blossoms seem more fragrant than last year and fluffier, but maybe that’s my imagination.

On warm spring days a heady blend of blooming and growing things and dirt creates the most delicious perfume, I sniff the air like a wild animal, as if I’ve just regained a sense of smell. When it’s cold you only smell the strongest things. I took a long walk today and passed a large ramen restaurant and walked into a nice warm pork broth scent bath. They’ve started piping jazz music outside the restaurant. Oddly, it sort of made me want to go inside. I don’t even like ramen, but the jazz was attractive. The pseudo Italian family restaurant with the sign outside advertising a ¥299 meat sauce doria smelled good, too. A large supermarket blew deep-fried-scented air from its forceful ventilation system. I craved fish and chips. In the parking lot a little girl was practicing a dance routine, that sort of hip-hop style of dance that’s so popular with little girls. I don’t know what it’s called in Japan.

In a gutter I saw a perfectly nice small cast iron pot with a wooden lid and wanted to rescue it and take it home, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of garbage shopping and it seemed like a vulgar thing to do. Then I saw a chocolate milk container and a pristine red and white Marlboro cigarette package in another gutter, an odd combination. Why am I looking in gutters? I passed a garden with huge daikon radishes lying in the dirt like severed legs. I’ve never seen such large radishes. A woman living in the house adjacent to the garden came out as I walked by and I really wanted to ask her what was up with those enormous leg-radishes. Did she buy fertilizer from nuclear waste affected areas? Not that she would know as they wouldn’t label it. I’ll bet that’s what it is. She knows not to eat the freak nuclear limb vegetables, just in case. As it gets dark the bats come out because the insects that have also come out. The air is a smorgasbord.



  1. I tried commenting before but it would only let me use a WP address… have deleted my attempt at moving my blog to WP…
    I love this picture. I am not sure that I have seen a close up picture of a bird among the sakura. It’s so easy to overlook the rest of nature with the flurry of blossoms.

    Comment by ponkanchan — April 14, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    • I think I’ll start another blog with blogspot or something. This is getting ridiculous. Sam always have to have bees and birds or some kind of wildlife in his shots. I guess only Tokyo has parks where cats pose on cherry trees for hanami.

      Comment by theresaurus — April 14, 2012 @ 6:06 am

  2. Cats at hanami surrounded by paparazzi- esque hanami-ers have become a hanami feature here. I couldn’t bring myself to join the throngs clicking away – it seemed like harassment. I wouldn’t switch to blogspot, google is starting to be very controlling too and have centralized all their info – Picasso, gmaii, chrome, blogspot etc … Speaking of controlling, there is an interesting article on Ai Weiwei in the economist this week.

    Comment by ponkanchan — April 14, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    • Okay, no blogspot. Thanks for the article. I didn’t know about that guy.

      Comment by theresaurus — April 14, 2012 @ 6:58 am

  3. He had an exhibition in the Mori Museum in Roppongi Hills perhaps 18 months ago, which I wanted to see but didn’t get my act together to actually do so. I like his attitude.

    It seems the computer is now letting me post without signing into wordpress, but not the ipad….

    Comment by ponkanchan — April 14, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

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