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
“Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.” – Ikkyu Sojun
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!
“If only we might fall like cherry blossoms in the spring, so pure and radiant.” – Anonymous
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
Kobayashi Issa, Poems
Live in simple faith…..
Just as this simple cherry,
Flower, fade and falls.
Pink petals passing
Scents above so high
Painted porcelain perfection
Blossoms caress the sky
“If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion” – Zen Master Lin-Chi
“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them” – Alan Watts
“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”
“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.