Within the sacred precincts of the Atsuta Shrine cherry trees bloomed in rich profusion. For whom were they putting on this brilliant display?

Blossoms glow against spring sky
Near Narumi Lagoon,
How long now before
Petals scatter among pines.
I wrote this on a slip of paper and tied it to the branch of a cryptomeria tree in front of the shrine. [4.19]

sad girl

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From The Confessions of Lady Nijō, translated by Karen Brazell - About this site