Autumn on the Moon

  by Sakura Nakashima I woke up one morning so entrenched in ennui that I could do nothing but burn everything to the ground and start again. The route I took to work, my perfume, my stance all changed. Switched from coffee to lemonade and in doing so began making small talk with the woman … Continue reading Autumn on the Moon

A Diary: April 8, 2017

Apr 8, 2017 Today the clouds passed over by mid-morning. Now the sun covers us, shining through sakura and sprouting tree branches. There are fewer pieces of trash lining the sidewalk below my window. I did not see the small man who usually sleeps in that cold space at night – where is he now? … Continue reading A Diary: April 8, 2017


by Sakura Nakashima Sent – Hotmail July 14, 2014 at 14:16 PM Dear Dr. Lin, I hope this message finds you well. I just want to thank you sincerely for your support and guidance over the past couple of weeks as I consider options. Through your referral, I ended up in contact with the staff … Continue reading Iris


by Sakura Nakashima [adapted from a collection of short stories named after each of the six flowers of Higo] April 2021. I moved back to this prefecture a year ago and am living in a small urban rental in the central ward with Shinya. The earthquake that flattened major areas of the city years ago … Continue reading Chrysanthemum