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Friday, April 15, 2011

At least there're still some cherry blossoms around

A couple of days ago, I tweeted a sudden desire to quote the ending monologue of my short film INHALATION delivered by Mei (played by Susan Lee Fong Zhi), even though I generally don't quote stuff from my own works due to my own modesty.

But then, I lamented the fact that I would miss the cherry blossoms this year. Ever a bittersweet sight for me, sweet due to its indescribable beauty, bitter because it signals the end of winter (my true love).

Thus the quote:

"if I were still in Japan, I could probably see the cherry blossoms. Petals drifting rhythmically in the air. Then they fall soundlessly. What a lovely sight it could have been."

(part of the actual monologue is in the trailer)


So I reached Tokyo late last night, and made it back to my place after midnight. Everything was dark, darker due to recent attempts at energy conservation, I couldn't see my surroundings at all.

When I woke up this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were still a little bit of cherry blossoms left on the tree outside my room.

I left and walked past Kanta river, the place where I shot the ending of Inhalation.

Kanta river lined with cherry blossom trees

I saw a koi fish and wondered whether it was the same one that appeared in the film.

Some cherry blossom petals floating through the river

Hours later, I went to Toho Studio to see the progress of the sound mixing for my new film.

At the nearby river, I saw some nice little flowers as well.

Nogawa river

How much longer are they going to last, these cherry blossoms?

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms 2

Catching a glimpse of them today, I think it's enough to last me for another year.