May 01, 2016

What makes sakura or cherry blossom part of the Japanese spirit?

Japanese cherry blossom copyright 2009

Picture: Japanese cherry blossom 


"If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!"

— Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), nativist thinker and poet

¨It was courtiers of the .....Heian Period (794-1185) who began making of ethereal sakura (cherry blossoms) what they later became in all their glory — living poems, living symbols of beauty, life, evanescence, death, "Japanese spirit."


Source: Sakura: Soul of Japan
Through the ages, cherry trees in blossom have inspired parties and poetry
By MICHAEL HOFFMAN
Sunday, March 25, 2012

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