‘おはようございましたー (Ohayo Gozaimashta),’ says the river.

An overcast morning, day two or three.

This guy often comes to stake his place and declare his reign over this particular stretch of the river.

Bright orange feet are especially exhilarating at 6 am on a grey morning.

The river at 6 am is hardly a quiet, still place. I at first ventured out feeling quite pleased about making it outside bright and early.  That is, until I noticed that on the river, the world had woken up long ago, its currents saying ‘Ohayo Gozaimashta!’ to me, with emphasis on the past tense, as I, taking the river as my back-yard, step out still in my pajamas.

I watch a steady stream of people twice my age jogging energetically this way and that, as I sit and drink tea while stretching (my eyes), and start to feel quite lazy amidst all this motion.  I may have to buy a pair of running shoes, and insert a short jog routine before my tea.

But on a rainy morning, at least, the river is quiet, almost abandoned.  A lone jogger treads by on higher ground.  The silver reflections of a grey sky in the path’s puddles, not captured in this photo, mesmerize me.

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3 thoughts on “‘おはようございましたー (Ohayo Gozaimashta),’ says the river.

  1. Beautiful, Miriam. So peaceful. We have those black birds on Watchung Lake, they are called courmorands here. they live in Florida and in New York Harbor. When they come each spring, I am renewed just by seeing them. I am glad to know they live in Japan too. I love the way they stretch out their wings to dry them, the way they dive into one and of the lake and swim underwater for an interminable length of time and then pop up for air on the other end. I am glad you have one too.

  2. Thanks so much Edie! Your WordPress link is what got me on here in the first place. Starting a public blog is a much tougher practice for me than going out at 6 am, a kind of ultimate straining of my habitual self- a good reason in itself to go ahead… thanks always for your support. And for letting me know who is this striking guy in black!

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