Haiku Poem – 秋風の吹く頃

soothing cool air
gracing the country side
forgets Tokyo

(Jim version)
癒し風物陰田舎町忘れ
いやしかぜ ものかげ いなか まちわすれ

(Michiko version)
田園は一足先に秋の声
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!

 私が日本に住んでいた時、アパートは東京にありましたが、仕事場は秦野にありました。ですから、私は、ほとんどの時間を秦野で過ごしました。東京に戻るのは、多くても1週間に2回位でした。ところで、秦野に秋の初風が吹くと、すぐ涼しくなります。しかし、驚いたことに、同じ頃、東京に戻っても秋風はまったく吹いていないかのようでした。勿論、色々な変化はありましたが、秦野の田舎に比べたら、東京の変化は微妙でした。一つの理由は、東京には建物がいっぱいあって、秦野より暑さが長く残ります。また、秦野で見るような木の葉の色の変化を東京では見ることはできませんでした。秦野の木の葉の変化は、もっと微妙で優雅でした。しかし、東京の変化は、唐突で、秋がなく、直接、冬が来たような感じでした。

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

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