Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society Virtual Cherry Blossom Viewing 2021 Sakura Hanami
A sister city Zoom gathering to enjoy cherry blossoms and meet old friends was held May 1st & 2nd.
Our Website Album includes:
Spring in Izu-shi
photos and videos, taken in late March - thanks to Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Atsumi Kurosu, Masanori Hirano, and Yumi Katsuno.
Spring in Nelson
photos and video, taken in late April
arranged by Grace Devaux and contributed by Margot Zimmer, Stuart Cook, Grace Devaux, and John and Shoko Armstrong.
Thanks for the Nelson photos to John Armstrong, Diana Cole, Stuart Cook, Elizabeth Cunningham, Grace Devaux, Alan Friend, Kim and Brent Irving, Chris Kolmel, Shoko Kurizaki, Grace Nakano, Jim Sawada, Robin Trudel, Will Taylor, Bernie Zimmer, and Margot Zimmer.
Thanks to Mike Tyson for the title photo of cherry blossoms!
Thanks also to Keiko and Malcolm Fitz-Earle for the live reporting and videos from Cottonwood Falls Park and to Will Taylor for organizing the website album.
And special thanks to all the 2021Sakura Hanami participants!
Sakura Hanami Photos - March to May 2021
Photos of cherry blossoms and spring submitted by members in Izu-shi, Nelson, and beyond. Enjoy!
Click the photos to open in full screen. Mouse over the left or right sides to scroll through the list.
Photos From Izu-shi
Videos From Izu-shi
(click to download)
Photos From Nelson
Videos From Nelson
(click to download)
Sakura Hanami Haiku
Haiku submitted by members, enjoy!
Bamboo and maple
twigs bend down at our windows,
The weight of thin rain.
Brittle bamboo leaves
falling onto my white hair
and the red peony.
by Edith Shiffert
Edith Shiffert was Canadian born, moved to the US when a child, and moved to Kyoto in 1963, where she wrote prolifically. She died at the age of 101. These 2 haiku are from the May section of her collection Kyoto-Dwelling.
Shared by NIFS member Stuart Cook
Bees buzz and probe
as blossoms open
drawn like a magnet
Under the moonlight
magnolia blossoms glow
outside my window
flutter, fall - disappear
in rushing waters
by NIFS member Grace Devaux
Oh, this hectic world --
three whole days unseen,
the cherry blossom!
by Oshima Ryota 1718-87
Shared by NIFS member John Armstrong
Sakura fubuki ni
Haru no mizu
The haiku draws us to the creek’s cherry blossoms, falling and blowing, and to the flowing water and coming warmth of spring.
by NIFS members Shoko & John Armstrong
Creek rushing full, loud
Spring runoff exuberance
Dancing in the sun
Standing beneath trees
white blossom-snow falling down
silent and gentle
Fresh green spring vibrant
beauty, hope, life, resilience
our spirits uplift
by NIFS member Margot Zimmer