Iwabashiru tarumi no ue no sawaraabi no
moeizuru haru ni narinikeru kamo
By the edge of the stream tumbling down the rocky cascade,
the bracken begins to put forth young sprouts.
The spring is here at last!
– – Prince Shiki (Manyoshu)
Garden watching – sprout watching – suddenly in last week’s warm weather. This weekend we’ve regressed to earlier spring temps. Still, seeing the green is so much to look forward to.
Some inspiration also comes from NHK’s “Nihongo de Asobo” (Let’s play with Japanese language) – a children’s show introducing the classics. It’s inventive, playful and approachable for this learner. I often referred to it in my earlier teaching days. My students also seemed to enjoy it.