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Yoshida at Tokaido.jpg

 

I wish we could fly

to the summit of Fuji

and leave these old folks.

 

The Kazusa sea route.jpg

 

No matter how far

we sail, Fuji will ever

greet our home-coming.

 

Nihonbashi bridge in Edo.jpg

 

It’s crowded down here.

Where do we put all this stuff?

Up there, all is calm.

 

Village of Sekiya at Sumida river.jpg

 

We gallop on flat,

coastal paths, but can’t ride fast

on forbidding slopes.

 

Bay of Noboto.jpg

 

We make constructions

which shape the world to our size.

Nature still dwarves us.

 

The lake of Hakone in the Segami province.jpg

 

Little villages

nestle rounded hills; smooth lakes:

Fuji can’t be tamed.

 

The Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi, seen from the Misaka pass in the Kai province.jpg

 

On land, or sea, we

can never escape Fuji

mirroring us all.

 

Hodogaya on the Tokaido.jpg

 

Who needs a compass?

Fuji’s reference point will

direct our goings.

 

Tama river in the Musashi province.jpg

 

Fuji seems closer

when the river mist merges

with the breaking clouds.

 

Asakusa Honganji temple in th Eastern capital.jpg

 

Oh, Asakusa,

your temple does not compare

with Fuji’s beauty.

 

Tsukada Island in the Musashi province.jpg

 

Fuji, bless our catch.

We return to you each night,

grateful for your care.

 

Shichiri beach in Sagami province.jpg

 

Nothing will ever

obscure Mount Fiji – not trees;

not clouds- no, nothing.

 

Umegawa in Sagami province.jpg

 

The cranes can never

enhance the beauty Fuji

already displays.

 

Kajikazawa in Kai province.jpg

 

On promontaries

men fish the ocean.

Fuji sustains all.

 

Mishima pass in Kai province.jpg

 

No matter how high

a god-like tree seems to be,

it can’t grow up there.

 

The Fuji from the mountains of Totomi.jpg

 

Man’s mighty structures

will only last for a time.

Fuji outlasts them.

 

Lake Suwa in the Shinano province.jpg

 

At Suma, Fuji

looks benign, like the Buddha:

calm, inscrutable.

 

Ushibori in the Hitachi province.jpg

 

Our boat is messy,

just like the rest of our lives.

Fuji remains calm.

 

 

 

 

 

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