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03/28/2017

diary March 28th 2017 - impermanent beauty

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the most representative seasonal scenery in this time in Japan is cherry blossoms. usually cherry trees get in full blossoms from the third or fourth week of March and they dissipate at around first or second week of April. so to speak, peak of the gorgeous cherry flowers are only 2 weeks or so. and probably this is the reason why people in Japan are so fond of cherry flowers, in other words, they are appreciating a sense of impermanent beauty, I think. I found this beautiful cherry tree at a premise of a nearby shrine, that shrine has a close relationship with the longest lasting political and military dynasty in feudal japanese period, the dynasty lasted as long as more than 400 years. the presence of the cherry trees in the shrine premise which was a kind of guardian deity for the longest lasting Tokugawa dynasty would not be merely a coincidence.
and various climatic conditions are concerned with cherry blossoms. the explanation in this video can be a good reference (retrieved from FOX news)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FokjqkfMH8
今年は桜の開花が全国的にやや遅れているようですが、静岡浅間神社の境内には開花している桜の木もありました。浅間神社は徳川家の心の守護神のような神社です。日本の歴史上、最も長く400年以上続いた政権とゆかりの深い神社の境内に、2週間前後で散ってしまう「無常の美」の象徴である桜が植えられているのは、永遠や永続性を求める我々人間の願いでしょうか

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