Mono no aware: An addendum to Umimachi diary in springtime

“The poetry of Yamato has one 􀂝heart􀂞 as seed and myriad words as leaves. This kokoro is the one that knows mono no aware.” (In preface of Kokinshū, see note 1). An Introduction for springtime. The Sakura trees are blossoming, the casket of nihonshu has been broken, the time to enjoy Ohanami with friends, lovers,…

Umimachi Diary/our little sister (2015) Review

“A tender nostalgic narrative about the nature of sisterly relations and the beauty of transiency”. Introduction In the seaside city of Kamakura near Tokyo, three sisters, 29-year-old Sachi Kouda (Haruka Ayase), 22-year-old Yoshino Kouda (Masami Nagasawa) and 19-year-old Chika Kouda (Kaho), live together. Sachi, a nurse at a local hospital, has been a stand-in mother…