If someone wishes to know the essence of the Japanese soul, it is the beautiful mountain cherry blossom in the early morning sunlight. (Mountain cherry trees are wild ones, indigenous to Japan.)
This spirit is manifest in the people of the areas stricken by Northeast Japan Earthquake. They go on their lives like flowers, spreading beauty, fragrance, glory, and courage, even in the middle of the worst suffering.
|higan-zakura, early blooming cherry blossoms|
The phrase, 諸行無常 shogyo mujo, means all the realms of being are uncertain and transient. Cherry blossoms are delicate, elegant and ephemeral. They fit traditional Japanese aesthetics that exquisite beauty is fleeting.
Cherry blossoms look to be ready to forsake this earthly world and surrender to the will of Nature. When there's hardly any breeze, they start to flutter to fall to the ground when they are enough beautiful. This reflects traditional Japanese concept of beauty and death, dying gracefully. Samurai warriors particularly were fond of cherry blossoms for this nature of the blossoms. Some people would prefer to live hanging in.
400-year-old weeping cherry tree at Himuro Shrine, Nara
Sometimes nature can be destructive, but mostly benevolent.
"Cherry blossom front" is moving from south to north. I wish people be healed and encouraged by the charm and power of the flowers.
|Relax. Have a cup of tea.|