Do you know how to 花見?

I believe it is commonly known that in the spring for Japanese it is a must to enjoy a pick-nick below blossoming cherry trees. But why is it actually so attractive for everyone? Of course cherry flowers look beautiful. Additionally for some, I believe it is a nice excuse to drink alcohol and let go of all the stress. Catching up with friends is always nice. For others admiring the return of color in a concrete world is a reason for celebration. But there is a much deeper aspect as well!
For connoisseurs of Sakura (japn. cherry tree) the actual high point lies in the appreciation of fleeting beauty. Beauty is expressed in the moment, when a cherry flower in its full beauty is swept away by wind and while dancing in the wind, the flower is actually dying. The essence: Life is full of changes. Enjoy happiness and beauty as long as it last, because it might be taken away sooner than you think.

Brought to you by Sibylle Ito (シビル伊藤)

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