"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
- Rachel Carson -
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|bursting blooms on March 6th|
The place is Ume Grove of Osaka Castle Park. It is an urban oasis.
Walking through the grove in the morning, I was very relaxed. Ume blossoms of about 100 varieties in various colors and greeting chirps of lovely birds would have brought theraputic effects on my body and mind.
If you plan to go, I highly recommend to start your day early. At 11:00 a.m. on weekday when I left the park, the ume grove was already bustling with people.
Trunks are as attractive as flowers.
This gnarled trunk look swimming freely in the air.
Osaka Castle was built during 1583-1597 by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The current main tower is a restoration work completed in 1997 which maintains its Edo-era splendor. The castle is made of concrete different from original wooden structure and elevator is installed so that the interior can work as a modern and functioning museum.
|On the way to the nearest station, JR Kansai Loop Line, Osaka-jo Koen|
Today is the second anniversary of 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. As I read and hear the still ongoing pains and struggles of the victims, my heart aches and I think how unfair the life is. No matter what happens, I think I'll keep remembering the blooms of ume after the harsh winter.
Japan Earthquake, 2 years later: Before and After (The Atlantic)
|押絵, or collage painting, of Ume blossoms by the late aunt of my husband|
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