As spring approaches, cherry blossoms’ bloom and Japan is, no doubt, the place to be and to celebrate sakura, the enchanted time of renewal and hope, beauty and new life.
Hanami, the tradition of flower gazing, is a ritual in Japan [see my photo essays here]. In Tokyo, Ueno Park is the meeting point for the local devotees, who go to picnic with friends and relatives, to commemorate sakura with the typical bento boxes and a lot of sake.
A cloud of cherry blossoms;
The temple bell,－
Is it Uneno, is it Asakusa?
I brought great memories from Tokyo! Ueno Park is, definitely, one of my favorite places in the japanese capital: I remember to spend hours and hours in this green paradise, home to over a thousand cherry blossom trees.
Another highlight of these festive days is to wait until the evening and take part of yozakura, the moment when lights and lanterns are laced into the trees’ branches, so the flowers appear to glow in the dark.
Moon at twilight
a cluster of petals falling
from the cherry tree
As many of you know, I write poetry and in the last few years I posted hundreds of haikus here in my blog. It is for me very logical (and especially touching) this connection between beauty and creativity.
Among other reasons, it explains why I truly admire the japanese culture: the cult of constancy and the importance of waiting, to improve and refine ourselves. Isn´t that what we try to do every day a little?
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