Sakura – the Impermanence of Life


In these times of extreme cold, in spite of the emergence of the golden globe in the sky, one can’t help but hope for winter to finally loosen its grasp on our country whilst we await the warmth from the sun as spring moves swiftly into summer.

In Japan, the cherry blossom (Sakura) season is nearly over in certain prefectures. The best times for viewing the cherry blossom in Tokyo is already over, and the blossom in Kyoto is going to be past its best by the end of the week. If you have the wherewithal you can still travel to the north of the country to witness this stunning gift of nature.

Meanwhile, we wait patiently in Britain to see all manner of buds break free from their winter clothing and reveal the subtleties of their colour to our enthusiastic, anticipatory eyes.

Our friends Akiko and Mari have sent photos of the cherry blossom via social networking so that we can enjoy their experiences, albeit second hand – and we, in turn, would like to share these photographs with our readers, with grateful thanks to our friends at Kinokuni Children’s Village.


“Mono no aware” – the pathos of things – a sensitivity to ephemera

 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

“Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.” – Ikkyu Sojun

 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

Uta no hon

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,

Across the spring sky,

As far as you can see.

Is it a mist, or clouds?

Fragrant in the air.

Come now, come now,

Let’s look, at last!

桜 桜




匂いぞ 出ずる

いざや いざや


 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

“If only we might fall like cherry blossoms in the spring, so pure and radiant.” – Anonymous

 © Akiko Maruyama

© Akiko Maruyama

“What a strange thing!

to be alive

beneath cherry blossoms.”

Kobayashi Issa, Poems

 © Mari Noguchi

© Akiko Maruyama

Live in simple faith…..

Just as this simple cherry,

Flower, fade and falls.


 © Akiko Maruyama

© Akiko Maruyama

Pink petals passing

Scents above so high

Painted porcelain perfection

Blossoms caress the sky

Mary Fumento

 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

“If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion” – Zen Master Lin-Chi

 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them” – Alan Watts

 © Mari Noguchi

© Mari Noguchi

“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”

 Paul Coelho

 © Akiko Maruyama

© Akiko Maruyama

“All things that form eventually decay.” – Masashi Kishimoto


Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Lao Tzu