Sunday, June 6, 2010

Nunobiki Falls - Odaki

Nunobiki means “cloth-pulling” and the falls inspired some poets to liken the strands of white-water to cloth being stretched to bleach, producing a dress for the mountain goddess. Other poets write of clouds on the mountain slope which on closer inspection proved to be the thundering waterfall. One sentimental poet was driven to pen an association between the countless water-drops and his own tears.

Which, I wonder, is higher-
This waterfall or the fall of my tears
As I wait in vain,
Hoping today or tomorrow
To rise in the world.

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