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Clouds over the Tobacco Root mountains, Montana - where I’m at right now

❀✿ Common Japanese Last Names ❀✿

Sato 佐藤
佐 (sa) : help, aid
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Suzuki 鈴木
鈴 (suzu) : bell
木 (ki) : tree, wood

Takahashi 高橋
高 (taka) : tall, high
橋 (hashi) : bridge

Tanaka 
田中
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy
中 (naka) : middle

Watanabe 渡辺
渡 (wataru) : cross, ferry
辺 (be) : area, border

Ito 伊藤
伊 (i) : this, that one
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Yamamoto 山本
山 (yama) : mountain
本 (moto) : base, root, origin

Nakamura 
中村
中 (naka) : middle
村 (mura) : town, village

Kobayashi 
小林
小 (ko) : small
林 (hayashi) : forest

Saito 斉藤
斎 (sai) : purification, worship
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Kato 加藤
加 (ka) : add, increase
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Yoshida 
吉田
吉 (yoshi) : lucky, good
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy

Yamada 山田
山 (yama) : mountain
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy

Sasaki 佐々木
佐 (sa) : help, aid
々 : repeater kanji
木 (ki) : tree, wood

Matsumoto 
松本
松 (matsu) : pine tree, fir tree
本 (moto) : base, root, origin

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Mountain Dust Storm by Wildlife FineArt  

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oh, spring by Danielle Nelson
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Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

But it is important to know this, to know your roots. To know where you started as a person. If not, your own life seems unreal to you. Like a puzzle. Vous comprenez? Like you have missed the beginning of a story and now you are in the middle of it, trying to understand.
—  Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed