Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

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Sakura – Japanese Cherry Blossom Montage Video

Sakura – Japanese Cherry Blossoms have been a part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years. They’re the subject of countless poems from waka to haiku.

The Short Happy Life of the Cherry Blossom

This is a photo montage I actually put up a year ago but never made public. It contains shots that I have taken over the years in different locations of sakura. You’ll see scenes from Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Himeji and few places you may not be aware of such as Ofuna and it’s giant Kannon statue. I put in a few Japanese poems to go along with the photos.

The geisha are from the Miyako Odori which is an annual geisha pulbic dance performance in Gion.

Music by the Secret Commonwealth:

The Secret Commonwealth

March 30, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, cherry blossoms, geisha, hanami, japan, japanese culture, Kyoto, montage, music, nature, photographs, sakura, secret commonwealth, spring, tokyo, travel, video, vlog, youtube


  1. Dave:

    I have an interview with a major English language coversational school based in California and need your help. I must contrive a lesson plan for begining English speakers. Any suggestions…? Please help!


    Comment by Johnnysan | April 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. I usually do an introduction lesson ie teach the students how to greet and ask questions of
    foriegners they meet for the first time.

    I run them thru the greetings of nice to meet you – nice to meet you too then onto:

    Where are you from?
    Where in …. are you from?
    *Where is it? (for less known places)
    *What’s it famous for?
    what’s the weather like?

    then to jobs:

    What do you do?
    Who do you work for?
    What does your company do?

    Depending on the level, you can add a lot to these simple questions such as map directions,
    job titles (a number of students have a hard time defining their jobs exactly or if low level,
    they confuse the question with “what are you doing?”)

    Then you can turn the questions on them and have them answer.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    Comment by samuraidave | April 2, 2008 | Reply

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