Once there was a cherry tree

Just a few years ago, I found a cherry tree in a vacant land with weeds and remnants of fallen building walls. The cherry was in full bloom then, and the wind was blowing off the flower petals like snow flakes falling and whirling around.

That was such a beautiful place on the nicely terraced and banked terrain, with rubbish in the weeds, graffiti on the ruined walls, and the tire swing hung from the cherry tree; although the lot was nothing but a small patch of abandoned land, it had everything a kid could dream of. And I WAS a kid as I just stood there.

2016-04-11 12.52.31Today, the cherry tree has been cut down, the swing gone, the wire fence mended so as to keep out kids from trespassing.

2016-04-11 12.53.08Warning notes are posted on the fence: “This is a municipally owned land. Withdraw the plants and the storage immediately, for private use is considered illegal occupation. If in case of no withdrawal, they are to be removed by the City of Kyoto. Please understand.”

Now I know who cut down the cherry tree…

2016-04-11 12.52.03Just down below the warning was a small stuffed doll left and forgotten. The doll was of “Hello Kitty” in a dinosaur (or monster) costume, which reminded me of the picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Mauice Sendak.

What an adventitious miracle! I was a Max every time I came here. Although I just stood by the fence and didn’t actually play with the swing, my mind was running around among the weeds and playing with the Things nobody else could see.

When I came home tonight, I didn’t find a hot supper waiting for me, though.

「Once there was a cherry tree」への3件のフィードバック

  1. 映像のBGMはご本人の演奏でしたよね?

    1. 演奏は、動画の製作よりもっとずっと前、まだ馬頭琴を作っていたころに特注のエレキ馬頭琴を頼まれ、その試奏をしていてたまたま録れたものです。その時は弁天さんか何かが降りてきて、夢中で弾いたらあのインプロになりました。ほんと奇跡やね。もう2度とできまへんわ。(笑)


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