"Yama ga warau," Naomi says as he gestures to the mountains surrounding us. Say what? The mountains are laughing? For each season there is a way to describe the mountains as if they were a living, breathing, soul bearing woman. And in the spring, she laughs, exposing all of her new leaves and soft colors that have been dormant while she slept all winter. I love it when I am reminded of how poetic the Japanese language is. It always makes me think about the world around me differently than I ever did before. Yes, indeed, she is a laughin' and I am wasting no time joining in.
Makino Shokubutsuen, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku; Goldenweek Travels 2012