Birds on Sakura Trees

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During spring in Japan, sakura trees started to blossom displaying their magical and wondrous beauty. That moment was also the time when birds would fly here-and-there between the sakura petals and sing beautiful songs. One of them is the zosterops japonicus bird or was commonly known as white eye bird. This recording is the recording of the singing of zosterops japonicus from under the sakura tree in Nigatake Sendai. Sendai is a big city in the Tohoku region, the northern district of Japan. It is located around 370km northeast of Tokyo. 

I recorded this sound in the morning of 10th April 2019 when the Sakura flowers started to blossom in Sendai. While in Tokyo, the sakura flowers had already reached it’s peak bloom a week ago. The time for sakura flowers to bloom were in sequence. Started from the south of Japan then slowly moving upward to.the north. Usually TV stations broadcasted the ‘schedule’ for blossomming sakura flowers in every district so that the local people and tourists alike could predict when they could see this phenomenon

The intimacy between the Japanese people and sakura flowers were unquestionable. The sakura flowers always have a special sentimental place in the hearts of the Japanese people from one era to another since the early years of Japan. When the sakura blossomed, many people gathered to admire it’s beauty under the sakura tree. The parks be full and lively with the sound of people conversing. Hanami, is the name of this tradition. But that morning in Sendai, it was just me under the sakura tree at the side of a small pavement road accompanied by birds flying between the branches of the tree. It makes me remember the famous traditional song:

sakura sakura
yayoi no sora wa
mi-watasu kagiri
kasumi ka kumo ka
nioi zo izuru
izaya izaya
mini yukan

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as the eye can see.
Is it mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let’s go and see them!

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Sounds: Japan