Lightly Falling Snow*

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White cranes dance in snow –
“sasameyuki” the sound
of my Winter heart

* In Japanese “sasameyuki” 細雪 (pron. sah-zah-me-yu-ki) means “lightly falling snow”. In classical Japanese literature, it denotes the silent falling of cherry blossoms in Spring, itself a symbol of the poignant impermanence of being. White cranes mate in winter in Hokkaido in northern Japan and pair for life.

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