cherry

The cherry blossoms
on the mountains aglow
in the morning sun
might be mistaken for snow
that does not deign to melt.

Fujiwara Ariie

duty

To cherry blooms I come,
and under the blossoms go to sleep
no duties to be done!

Taniguchi Buson

cherry trees

If in this world
There ever was a time when cherry trees
Failed in the blossoming,
Then the responsive hearts of men
Might answer to a tranquil spring.

Ariwara no Narihira

lightness

Under the tree
the soup and the fish salad,
or cherry blossoms?

Matsuo Bashō

sensibility

Why is a heart
attached to cherry blossoms
still in this body
which, I thought,
had forsaken the world?

Saigyô

the companion of the moon

Morning and night, a ten-square-foot cottage
filled with peace,
Cherry blossoms by the window, pear flowers in the yard,
fragrance as companion.
Even a gold house cannot match the value
of a scholar’s desk,
A thousand sages and ten-thousand worthies
want you everyday.

Takaragura

right

The cherry blossoms
Have passed through so many springs,
Blooming and fading,
And even I have grown old
In my cogon-thatched cottage.

Fujiwara Teika

aura

This perfectly still
Spring day bathed in the soft light
From the vaulted sky,
Why do the cherry blossoms
So restlessly scatter down?

Ki no Tomonori