"Trying to find a zen balance through Japanese customs":

Introduction:
If something characterizes the Japanese is that they really know how to enjoy small things and nature. They give a lot of importance to the ephemeral and to live every moment or season. That consists of going for a walk or an excursion to enjoy the viewing.

To contemplate the flowers in spring could be a solution.

In Japanese language, the kanji “flower” and “see/watch” compose literally the word “HANANI”. But the hanami lasts only a few days since it’s done just at the moment when the cherry blossoms are at their maximum splendor and these flowers tend to fall a few days later. Precisely because it’s ephemeral, it’s so beautiful.

The Japanean cherry blossom is a flower of many trees of genus Prunus. The most well-known specie commonly called “SAKURA” comes from Prunus serrulata.

In Japanese history, the sakura became so popular during the Heian era that the word for flower became synonymous with sakura.

So people have been picnicking today under the cherry blossoms since 700 BC. J.C.

Nowadays, sakura refers to spring season, symbol in Japan too.


Part 1: Looking for” Sakura” through Japanese Art Paintings, on a wet and hot summer.

The National Art Center (designed by the architect Kisho Kurokawa) – Roppongi – Minato City – Tokyo – Japan.

The following pictures were taken in 2019, at the National Art Center, during the family holidays.

La ballade en barque, dans les douves autour du Palais de l’Empereur, sous les cerisiers en fleur, est très prisée.

(à suivre…)


radaghast

Pharmacien de campagne.

7 Comments

Michele Marsh · May 8, 2022 at 12:23 am

I love the pictures with the birds so tranquil
Cherry blossoms are a big deal where I live so this article makes me smile today. I am missing my mum very much

Rachel · May 15, 2022 at 7:17 pm

there is a park in Pontypool , Wales that is full of cherry blossom and i have missed it again this year -not because of lockdown but because of just being rather too busy

    radaghast · May 15, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Don’t be sorry, we are going to wait until next spring: one year long TOGETHER.

Serv · June 3, 2022 at 6:10 am

The paintings are all so (pleasantly) understated. But I admit that I prefer the cherries to the blossoms.

    radaghast · June 3, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    I shouldn’t be able to look at a cherry a long time without swallowing it.

Serv · June 12, 2022 at 4:30 am

LOL!

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