“Hanami” 🌸 A centuries-old practice of cherry blossom appreciation. The Sakura bloom and usually fall within a week, and as such have come to represent the ephemeral nature of life, embodied in the concept of ‘mono no aware’ (物の哀れ) - literally, the “pathos of things”. The Sakura symbolize an awareness of impermanence, a transient gentle sadness about this reality of life. The Japanese public track the ‘Sakura Zensen’ (cherry blossom front) each year as it moves northward up the archipelago, turning out in droves to hold festivals and flower-viewing parties. The Sakura arrived in Tokyo early this year - in perfect tandem with my visit. What a cool experience.