Quiet, quiet December night in Satoyama
Acorns fall on our kitchen door
Mother and I alone
Cook chestnuts over our hearth
Bright, bright December stars in the sky
Travelling ducks are calling over the night
I munch chestnuts,
And remember the smile,
That bright smile of Father
Goodbye to the island of coconuts
Father is coming home in a rolling ship.
Father, please be safe,
Mother and I are waiting for you.
December in Satoyama (1945), by Nobuo Saitoh
Happy Holidays! J
Naomi Yokohama Forests