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Apr 8, 2012

17景 飛鳥山北の眺望  View 17 The View to the North from the Asuka Mountain



王子駅近くにある飛鳥山から北をみた景色です。
広がる田園の向こうには筑波山が見えます。

The Asuka Mountain is a small mountain right near the Oji station. 
Hiroshige is looking to the north from the top of the mountain.
Beyond the vast rice fields, we can see Mt. Tsukuba.


飛鳥山に桜を植えたのは8代将軍徳川吉宗(1684~1751)。
以後飛鳥山は桜の名所となり、江戸市民がこぞって花見に訪れるようになったとか。

みな思い思いに花見を楽しんでいますね。
散策する人、敷物を敷いて食べたり飲んだりしている人。
赤と白の扇子を持って踊っている人もいますね。

The cherry trees in the Asuka Mountain were planted by the 8th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune(1684-1751) .
After that, the mountain became a famous hanami (a picnic for cherry blossom viewing) spot for Edo people.

In this picture, many people are enjoying hanami in their own way;
some are strolling, and some are eating and drinking on their rug.
Do you see two men dancing with a fan in their hand?


東京の桜は今満開。
昨日は私も飛鳥山に花見に行ってきました。
そこには広重の時代と変わらない風景が。

In Tokyo, cherry trees are now in full bloom.
Yesterday, I went to the Asuka Mountain to do hanami.
It was a sight just like Hiroshige's time.









皆さん思い思いに花見を楽しんでいました。
ギターを弾く人、踊っている人、酔っぱらっている人、いっぱい見ましたよ。

There were many people enjoying hanami in their own way.
 A man was playing the guitar and a group of people were dancing.
 Oh, and a lot of people were drunk.


私たちもお寿司や焼き鳥、たこ焼きを買っていってビールや日本酒をいただきました。

We had sushi, yakitori and takoyaki with beer and sake.





桜はみごとでした。

Cherry blossoms were so beautiful.




花見を楽しみながら、でも忘れずに飛鳥山から北を望んで写真を撮ってきました。
比べてみましょう。

Though I was enjoying hanami, I didn't forget to take a picture looking north from the mountain.
Let's compare the view.

 


飛鳥山の向こうは高いビル。
筑波山を望むことはできません。
でも桜を愛でる日本人の心は変わりませんね。

As there are a lot of buildings, we can't see Mt. Tsukuba.
But our love for the cherry blossoms hasn't changed a bit.




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