Cherry Blossoms and Memories

Written by on April 15, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Yesterday I went to Washington, D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Parade. Actually spent more time at the Japan Culture Festival, a couple museums and memorials.

It was so strange to walk by the stands and even more strange to hear the vendors speaking in Japanese. I remember so many years ago, the summer fairs in Japan, when I was just a little girl.

I knew this weekend would be more than just sharing an adventure with a good friend and my little daughter. I knew there would be sounds and smells and sights that would bring me back to the days of childhood, to the time when I shared a world more predominated by my mother, her world and her influence, than my father’s. I remember very little of my father, when we lived in Japan.

I remember mostly my mother and all the culture associated with her.

There’s a lot to process, to sit with. Perhaps tonight, when my daughter is at her dad’s, I will make a cup of green tea and let myself go back.

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .


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