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."