May 2009

Laughing mountains

May%20Garden_resize.jpgI always think that this is the best time of year in Japan. After the cherry blossom season,all the new leaves start to come out and the mountains in Kamakura become all these different shades of green. When the leaves just start to come out,they give the illusion that they are slightly white and it almost seems as if the mountains are fuzzy! There's an expression in Japanese which points out the mountains when the new leaves are just coming out and is translated "The mountain is laughing". I think this is such an appropriate and wonderful expression!