cherry blossom.


“the significance of the cherry blossom tree in japanese culture goes back hundreds of years.

in japan, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life.

it’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that is also tragically short.”

-homaro cantu


image credit: peak bloom, 1920’s. this lantern slide of the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin in washington, d.c., usa, is from smithsonian gardens’ archives of american gardens. the cherry trees arrived in 1912, when japan gave them to the city as a gift of friendship.

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  1. It’s wonderful that a culture chooses to look upon the “beauty of life” when they see cherry blossoms. How often are we so focused on the negativity of life, whether our own or of the world, that we forget there is beauty within it as well. Thanks for a wonderful reminded!

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  2. Karen and I were recently reminiscing about our fantastic trip to D.C. at cherry blossom time … nine years ago! Goodness how the years go by. But the memory of those beautiful cherry blossoms around our nation’s capital will never fade.

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