Upon returning from Japan a few weeks ago, the question I received the most was “did you get to see the cherry blossoms?” followed quickly by asking if they could see some pictures.
Cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japan, are beautiful, yet symbolic flowers. Because the blossoms are so fragile and do not last long, they represent the beauty of transience or mono no aware in Japanese terms. It is this same transience that makes it hard for tourists to time their trips right if they want to see the blossoms.
We, too, were worried that we would be too late this year, but we got lucky! Although we had mostly missed the main variety of yoshino cherry blossoms (Japan has over 200 cultivars of sakura), I still got to see my two favorite kinds called yaezakura and ichiyo.
I had already posted a photo of some sakura from Ueno Park in my Foto Friday last week, but since I’ve had people still asking, I thought I’d share more here for you today.