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14 May

Japanese Cherry Blossom Party in Garden / Crumstadt

In Japan cherry blossoms (Sakura) normally begin blooming in March and reach their peak in April in Tokyo region. The country is filled with beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. Coincidentally I found similar type of tree in my garden. Every spring I enjoy sitting under the tree and think of my home country...This year I organized a traditional Japanese "Hanami" (Flower viewing and picnicking under a blooming sakura) in my Garden at the beginning of May.

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Japanese appreciate the presence of impermanence for a short period of time in Spring.

In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life,an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence,and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware.

The association of the cherry blossom with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga.The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality; for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime, and film. (by wikipedia).