Monday, 9 May 2011


Cherry blossom and forsythia.
Contrasting branches.
Arrangement without kenzan.
Focus on lines at the base.

Sakura, the cherry blossom, is considered to be the national flower of Japan. There are more than 350 different kinds of cherry blossom. Every year people are gathering to picnic under the trees and celebrate the spring.

One cherry blossom opens and everywhere is spring - o
pen the blossom of enlightenment in your heart and eternal peace dwells in you.

Old cherry branches with lichen,
two sizes of white cherry blossom
Ishu-ike with branches.
Mass and lines.

The mountain god Oho-Yama had two daughters.
He wanted the incredibly strong daughter
to marry Ninigi, but he rice-god preferred her younger sister Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hime, the flower princess.

It has been told that this caused Iha-Naga to trow her sister out of the heavens. The flower princess landed on mount Fuji at the same moment as the cherry blossoms opened. Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hima makes the flowers blossom, and the Sakura trees got their name when she landed on them.

According to another story Iha-Naga
cursed Ninigi for choosing her sister over herself. Iha-Naga who's name means "princess long-live" cried out that had he chosen wisely his children would have lived long in the land, and continued: "Now that you have chosen my sister, you and yours will perish as quickly as the blossom on trees, as quickly as the bloom on my sister's cheek."

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