Spring is definitely here. I made these photos in a backyard of a company I am employed with, we have a cherry tree there.

Sakura is japanese word for cherry blossom. In ancient Japan, nobility adopted an social phenomenon called hanami – flower viewing. At the beginning, the favourite one was plum flower watching but in ninth century, cherry took its place, especially in Yoshino, where cherry flowers are almost pure white. Watching cherry flowers symbolises a transient nature of life and is closely connected to expression mono no aware – empathy toward things.
Sakura is japanese unofficial national flower, the celebration usually starts in late March and lasts till the middle of April, depeneding on the area of Japan when blossoming starts.

"From all directions
Winds bring petals of cherry
Into the grebe lake."

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22 Responses to Sakura

  1. SittingFox says:

    Beautiful and fascinating background info :)Yep, spring is there (and here!)

  2. Capegirl says:

    my favorite tree blossom πŸ˜€ spring is DEFINITELY there πŸ™‚

  3. Spaggyj says:

    Cherry blossom! :happy: :happy: Great photos, too :yes:

  4. ALLY_G says:

    Wonderful photos! :up:And, as Adele wrote before: interesting infos too.

  5. rose-marie says:

    Beautiful! I can – almost – feel the warmth on my face :D.

  6. attilasoul says:

    Spring! Finally! :happy:

  7. gdare says:

    @Michelle – really? will you go in september to watch them?@Adele and Elke – I don`t know much about hanami, but there are always Google and Wikipedia; and some books about Japan that I have; I hope one day someone from Japan will see this and maybe leave additional comment :up:@Kimmie – I hope you will post some of the spring photos from England soon, I would like to see them :)@Rose – it is warm here, like spring usually is, with first serious sun rays :happy:@Tilla – yes, I was also bored with winter; it was enough :yes:

  8. Spaggyj says:

    Of course I will πŸ˜€

  9. gdare says:


  10. solidcopper says:

    In North America, we only have the pink and light orange ones.

  11. solidcopper says:

    Love the first one. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

  12. gdare says:

    Here, we usually have white and I have seen few pink ones. Thanks πŸ™‚

  13. gdare says:

    Obvious sign that summer is on its way :yes:

  14. attilasoul says:

    I have only seen them in white and pink here in Denmark too. But they are very very pretty! I like them very much. :yes:

  15. yomeriux says:

    cherry trees are SO beautiful!! you are very lucky to have some flowers already!:yes:

  16. gdare says:

    With all the snow you have…. yes, I feel very happy πŸ˜€

  17. volkuro says:

    Beautiful flowers, can't wait to see nature also revive here… πŸ˜€

  18. gdare says:

    Yes, spring time is now, enough of winter :happy:

  19. studio41 says:

    We enjoyed singing "Sakura" in Japan many years ago; unfortunately, not until the month of June, missing the blossoms… nevertheless, we like to see the blossoms here in the Midwest each spring! They are so beautiful. Nice entry, Darko.

  20. gdare says:

    Thank you Jill, I am glad you liked it :happy:

  21. martinouellette says:

    Nice photo! πŸ˜€ (I'll send you one similar in…. May) 😦

  22. gdare says:

    :up:I will wait πŸ˜€

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