when the cherry blossoms fall my life as an english teacher in japan

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Hitching Rides With Buddha

Author : Will Ferguson
ISBN : 0307369072
Genre : Travel
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Originally published as Hokkaido Highway Blues, with limited distribution in Canada, Will Ferguson’s classic book about Japan, for all fans of the bestselling Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw. With the same fervour they have for outlandish game shows and tiny gadgets, the Japanese go nuts each spring when the cherry blossoms sweep from island to island towards the country’s northerly tip. Will Ferguson was celebrating the event in the standard fashion. And after way too much sake he announced he would be the first person in recorded history to follow the blossom’s progress end to end. To make it a challenge worth doing, he’d hitchhike all the way: relying on the kindness of some very weird and wonderful strangers. Mixing his penchant for biting observation with wicked humour, Ferguson starts at the southernmost tip of Cape Sata and heads north for distant Hokkaido. Whether he is doing the forbidden and not knowing it, or holding "conversations by non sequitur," it is a journey full of misadventures and revelations. The resulting travelogue is one of the funniest and most illuminating books ever written about Japan. To make matters worse, I decided to hitchhike. Striking a heroic stance, I declared my intention to my Japanese friends to become the first person ever to hitchhike the length of Japan, end-to-end, cape-to-cape, sea-to-sea. This did not impress them as much as I had hoped. “Why would you want to do that?” they asked, genuinely puzzled. “There is no reason to hitchhike. That’s why we built the Bullet Train.” Others worried about my safety. “But,” I would argue, “Japan is a very safe country, is it not?” “Oh, yes. Very safe. Safest in the world.” “So why shouldn’t I hitchhike?” “Because Japan is dangerous.” And so on. Now, I will admit that mooching rides across Japan is not a major achievement — I mean, it’s not like I paddled up the Amazon or discovered insulin or anything — but I am the first person ever to do this, so allow me my hubris. When I left my home in Minamata City aboard a southbound train, I felt suitably bold with my backpack and muscular thumb. “I’m going to hitchhike the length of Japan,” I told the man beside me. He smiled and nodded. “I’m going to follow the cherry blossoms.” He nodded. “All the way to Russia,” I said. He smiled again, and soon after changed seats. —from Hitching Rides with Buddha From the Hardcover edition.

Hokkaido Highway Blues

Author : Will Ferguson
ISBN : 1569472343
Genre : Travel
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Traces the length of Japan from south to north as it was experienced by the author on his hitchhiking tour, during which he made provocative and whimsical observations about the region, its people, and its culture. Reprint.


Author : Gail Box Ingram
ISBN : 9781490869766
Genre : Poetry
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In the ups and downs of life, for me the writing of a poem allows breakthrough, deeper understanding, and celebration or acceptance of a situation. I love sensing a poem taking shape in my head. This causes me to stop, listen, and write down what is there. I live more fully when I can express a situation, a scene, an emotion by writing a poem. Japan is the only place abroad I have visited, and it has provided several poems as well as the title of this book. Komorebi is my favorite Japanese word. Find out why as you navigate the poetry of my life. “Her poems are vivid images evoking God’s intersection with our lives. They bring us needed respite in a world of wounds.” —Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of All Together in One Place. “Gail Box Ingram is a poet after my own heart. The world is more beautiful with poetry, and especially Gail’s. Her imagery is rare, and combined with her appreciation for the human struggle and humanity period, I am proud to call her a fellow-poet.” —Laura Harris Smith, #1 bestselling author of Seeing the Voice of God: What God is Telling You Through Dreams and Visions (2014)

Cherry Blossom Epiphany

Author : Robin D. Gill
ISBN : 9780974261867
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Additional to the sub-title, this is a selection, translation and lengthy explication of 3000 haiku, waka, senryu and kyoka about a major theme from I.P.O.O.H. (In Praise Of Olde Haiku).If the solemn yet happy New Year?s is the most important celebration of Japanese culture, and the quiet aesthetic practice of Moon-viewing in the fall the most elegant expression of Pan-Asian Buddhism=religion, the subject of this book, Blossom-viewing ? which generally means sitting down together in vast crowds to drink, dance, sing and otherwise enjoy the flowering cherry in full-bloom ? is less a rite than a riot (a word originally meaning an ?uproar?). The major carnival of the year, it is unusual for being held on a date that is not determined by astronomy, astrology or the accidents of history as most such events are in literate cultures. It takes place whenever the cherry trees are good and ready. Enjoyed in the flesh, the blossom-viewing, or hanami, is also of the mind, so much so, in fact, that poetry is often credited with the spread of the practice over the centuries from the Imperial courts to the maids of Edo. Nobles enjoyed link-verse contests presided over by famous poet-judges. Hermits hung poems feting this flower of flowers (to say the generic ?flower?= hana in Japanese connotes ?cherry!?) on strips of paper from the branches of lone trees where only the wind would read them. In the Occident, too, flowers embody beauty and serve as reminders of mortality, but there is no flower that, like the cherry blossom, stands for all flowers. Even the rose, by any name, cannot compare with the sakura in depth and breadth of poetic trope or viewing practice. In Cherry Blossom Epiphany, Robin D. Gill hopes to help readers experience, metaphysically, some of this alternative world.

When The Cherry Blossoms Fall

Author : Jacqueline Fernandez
ISBN : 9781329532526
Genre : Fiction
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After Japan ended its isolation from Western Civilization and opened its port to the world, Japanese artwork became highly coveted especially among the impressionist artist of the day. Our story begins in France through the perspective of Jacqueline. She is a young lady who has come to live with Uncle Cedric and Aunt Sophie after the untimely death of her parents. Uncle Cedric is visiting Japan for business and has sent word that he is shipping a lovely vase for their home. Follow Jacqueline on a journey of art, discovery and love.

Kyoto Connection

Author : Deborah Kemp
ISBN : 9780759664180
Genre : Family & Relationships
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An American woman, Page Queenan, lives and teaches in Kyoto, Japan. She meets a wealthy Japanese man, Kenji Tanaka, and quickly becomes involved with him, only to be drawn into his world- a world where money is no problem, or is it? Page suspects Kenji is being followed, and her suspicions become reality when he is kidnapped. Some quick thinking and detective work on her part helps to end the kidnapping, but the drama doesn’t end there. Page and Kenji’s relationship causes his family to question whether Page is only interested in Kenji’s money, and if she was possibly involved in the kidnapping. His family gradually comes to realize the seriousness of Kenji’s commitment to Page, but Page continues to have doubts that they will ever accept a gaijin as a suitable partner for their only son. They travel to Okinawa, London, and Boston, and their whirlwind romance becomes a strong and passionate union. Flying First class, staying in five star hotels, receiving jewelry from Cartier, and dresses from Chanel, is something Page has never experienced before, but even money can’t shield her from what is to come. Page and Kenji are determined to stay together as they deal with an attempted murder, accusations of infidelity, and revenge from an unexpected source, but being accepted in Kenji’s world could prove to be Page’s most difficult challenge of all.

The 5th Season New Year Ku Books 1 2 Of 4

Author : Robin D. Gill
ISBN : 9780974261898
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this book, the first of a series, Robin D. Gill, author of the highly acclaimed Rise, Ye Sea Slugs! and Cherry Blossom Epiphany, the largest single-theme anthologies of poetry ever published, explores the traditional Japanese New Year through 2,000 translated haiku (mostly 17-20c). "The New Year," R.H. Blyth once wrote, "is a season by itself." That was nowhere so plain as in the world of haiku, where saijiki, large collections called of ku illustrating hundreds, if not thousands of briefly explained seasonal themes, generally comprised five volumes, one for each season. Yet, the great doyen of haiku gave this fifth season, considered the first season when it came at the head of the Spring rather than in mid-winter, only a tenth of the pages he gave to each of the other four seasons (20 vs. 200). Was Blyth, Zen enthusiast, not enamored with ritual? Or, was he loath to translate the New Year with its many cultural idiosyncrasies (most common to the Sinosphere but not to the West), because he did not want to have to explain the haiku? It is hard to say, but, with these poems for the re-creation of the world, Robin D. Gill, aka "keigu" (respect foolishness, or respect-fool), rushes in where even Blyth feared to tread to give this supernatural or cosmological season - one that combines aspects of the Solstice, Christmas, New Year's, Easter, July 4th and the Once Upon a Time of Fairy Tales - the attention it deserves. With G.K. Chesterton's words, evoking the mind of the haiku poets of old, the author-publisher leaves further description of the content to his reader-reviewers. "The man standing in his own kitchen-garden with the fairyland opening at the gate, is the man with large ideas. His mind creates distance; the motor-car stupidly destroys it." (G.K. Chesterton: Heretics 1905)

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