Within the blossom, enjoying sakura

From the large tree to the pollen covered stamen, which seem to me like people enjoying themselves within the blossoms.  

Hanami

I’ve been on spring holiday. The cherry blossoms, sakura, have been blooming. People gather wherever they are. They mediate on their meaning, have picnics under them, takes trips to see them. Sakura remind us to pay attention to the temporal nature of life. Their season is, at longest, a week. Because their bloom is short, Japanese people celebrate them, drink under them with family or with friends because our lives, too, are short and, like the sakura,¬†we each grow and change. First, the petals fall — a soft pink snow — the… Read More