A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

Japanese passion for cherry blossoms
Here in Japan, passion for cherry blossoms run deeps in the national psyche, and anticipating their arrival every spring is an inseparable part of life bordering on obsession.

Pictures above are from nightly news national TV broadcasts in early March. The reporters are presenting the latest forecast of the northward march of the cherry blossoms front (sakura zensen) in every detail.

Even the Japanese Meteorological Agency has an official website dedicated to the accurate forecasting of sakura zensen. 

From Okinawa to Hokkaido

The first blossoms begin to bloom in Okinawa, the southwestern-most of Japan’s main four islands, in early February.

hanami-cherry-blossom-viewing-in-Miyazaki-350We are located in Miyazaki in southern Kyushu. It is the red colored map on bottom left (top picture).

According to the latest forecasts, cherry blossoms will be in their full, glorious bloom here between March 22nd and 25th this year (2015).

Soon it will be time for the centuries-old practice of hanami (flower viewing), picnicking under a cherry tree with family and friends, surrounded by uncountable numbers of delicate blossoms. (This picture to the right was taken last year in Miyazaki city library park.)

The blossom front will reach the Kansai region (Kyoto and Osaka) by the end of April, and keep marching northward till it gets to Hokkaido in late April.

Beauty which Cannot be Possessed

Falling cherry blossoms and impermenanceCherry blossoms are delicate, beautiful, and very impermanent. They grace us with their beauty for just a few short days.

They remind us of the fleeting nature of life. If we do not take the time to appreciate them here and now, they will be gone, forever.

The true beauty of cherry blossoms is not only that they can make us feel their presence, but also their imminent absence.

Perhaps the pretty cherry blossoms teach us how to fully appreciate life — not by wanting to possess, but by letting go.

Armand

Armand

Armand is the chief editor for Miyazaki Whispers and has lived in Japan since 2003. He has a graduate degree from University of California in Davis in systems science and has managed tech companies in US, UK and Sweden. Armand's interests are haiku, cross-cultural studies and surfing.
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About Armand

Armand is the chief editor for Miyazaki Whispers and has lived in Japan since 2003. He has a graduate degree from University of California in Davis in systems science and has managed tech companies in US, UK and Sweden. Armand's interests are haiku, cross-cultural studies and surfing.
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4 Responses to A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

  1. pingodn says:

    Love your post, especially the final sentence, so deeply and meaningful. I hope I can see Sakura blossoms falling in one day and enjoy this spectacular view.

    • maneki88 maneki88 says:

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. I am sure you feel the way you do because of the sensitivity and grace you possess within. And I can only guess to imagine what beauty surrounds you as well, wherever you might be.

      Yuri

  2. maneki88 maneki88 says:

    Thank you so much for your gracious words! I will share them with all my teammates. My grandma is doing fine, and we are looking to celebrating her 95th birthday this year. She will be very happy when I give her your kind well wishes.

    Yuri

  3. Terressa Ferguson Zook says:

    I love your blog, products, and your outlook on life. Thank you so much for being here. I hope your Grandma is happy and healthy. Looking forward to your next blog.

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