Becoming Transparent: Autumn in Tokyo

tokyo japan autumn fall

Like the little stream 
Making its way 
Through the mossy crevices 
I, too, quietly 
Turn clear and transparent.

– Ryōkan 

Colorful leaves (koyo) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring.

This is a time to seek out silent gardens: to sit motionless among the lonely reds and yellows of nature.




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