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First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata
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Nov 14, 2010

really liked it

Can a story be done as haiku? Each of the stories here seems to be an experiment with that question. Each presents a season, two images, and a nonconceptual but emphatic link between the two images. Here the sewing machine and the umbrella are not simply juxtaposed on a dissecting table; rather, the one bumps into the other and is bumped into in turn while a warm spring rain and faded cherry blossoms spill and pool about the pair. And after the two part, each going his own way, it seems as likely as not that the whole encounter was just a thought had by the rain itself, a thought that only that rain, on that day, could have.
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