Haiku Poem – 秋風の吹く頃

soothing cool air
gracing the country side
forgets Tokyo

(Jim version)
いやしかぜ ものかげ いなか まちわすれ

(Michiko version)
でんえんは ひとあしさきに あきのこえ

Although my apartment was in Tokyo, I spent most of my time In Hadano for my job so I would be in Tokyo only 2 days a week at most. When the first Autumn winds would blow it would get cool right away out in the country but at the very beginning of Autumn I was always surprised on how when I would return to Tokyo it was as if the winds missed the city completely! Of course their were changes but they were much more subtle than in the country. Maybe one reason is that since there are so many buildings the heat is held in longer than out in the country. Also, I never could see the color changes in the trees in Tokyo like I could in Hadano. I felt that the change was much more gradual and even graceful in the country but in Tokyo it was a much more sudden change. It was as if Autumn got skipped and the city went right into winter!


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Nakamura

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