dimanche 20 mars 2011

Sakura Spring: Help Japan

Today, March 20th, is the first day of Spring. Having lived in Seattle for a few years, I look forward to the blooming of the cherry trees at the University of Washington campus. I try to come and see them yearly to enjoy them , the weather (when it's good), and of course, to take pictures.

These lovely Yoshino cherry trees are about 70 years old and have been gracing the University's Liberal Arts Quadrangle or «quad» for almost 50 years. When in bloom, the effect can be rather ethereal amidst the gothic buildings.

Japanese flowering cherry trees were first introduced in the United States in 1902. The cherry blossoms, «sakura» in Japanese, hold a special place in Japanese culture and legends. It has come to symbolize Spring itself, of new beginnings, of love, and it is also a reminder of life's fleeting nature.

The Japan earthquake, Pacific Tsunami and their aftermath has been on everyone's mind, including mine. Natural disasters remind us of how life can change or be taken away in an instant. 

The following photographs I have taken of cherry trees in bloom will be posted on my ETSY shop next week. A portion for the sales shall be donated to the American Red Cross' disaster relief efforts in Japan. I shall keep you posted.

May these cherry blossoms of spring remind us that though ephemeral, life is beautiful, and with love, life can start over. 


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