Cherry blossom season is well under way, and nowhere else is it as revered as in Japan.
The “Land of the Rising Sun” has a special relationship with cherry blossoms, even going so far as to hold “cherry flower-viewing parties,” picnicking under the pink trees with family and friends. The holiday Hanami literally means “flower-viewing,” and is the art of admiring these little ephemeral gifts. Best complimented with an old temple or castle.
Since cherry trees bloom for only a short period each Spring, they reflect the Japanese Buddhist concept mono no aware, the beautiful impermanence of life.
While of course cherries aren’t endemic to Japan, it seems to be the only culture that really takes the art to indulgent levels. As two well-known haikus by legendary Basho say:
Hana no kumo
Kane wa ueno ka
A cloud of cherry blossoms.
The temple bell, is it Ueno
Sama zama no
How many things
They call to mind
These cherry blossoms!
If you happen to be in Japan right now, Japan-Guide has a useful Cherry Blossom Forecast.
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