一期一会

Ichi-go Ichi-e.

一期一会。

A Japanese phrase I had in my head again recently. The cherry blossoms’ significance is one I still feel naive to, like most things here in Japan with a deeper meaning. And the cherry blossoms sort of help represent a feeling of the above phrase. The idea that we have a one chance in this one moment.

So, what will you do with this moment? I decided to go to Tenjiyama Park in my city to once again check out the Cherry blossoms. The best part is although the majority of the cherry blossoms are petals falling now, there is another batch coming out — a different breed. These ones look like pink cascading. Unbelievable beauty.

There are a lot of things that smack you in the face with beauty if you’re looking for it.

I just never tire of the beauty of nature.

I guess the slow life does that to you.

I basically live in the equivalent of the suppppppper country. While I really curse this fact a majority of the time, I learn to appreciate parts — like the opportunity to be closer to nature and to find a deeper appreciation for it.

But I feel that’s not only because of the country, but because of living in an asian/buddhist country. This is not to say that everything is amazing all the time here — there are so many things that bring culture shock and that I feel are just not plain fair or, actually, truly, depressing, but I’ve found no good in dwelling on these things. Just like, I guess, it did no good dwelling on these types of things in my home country.

We can’t get these moments back. I guess that’s all the inspiration one needs.

 

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