Friday 22 May 2020

Cherry Blossom (Japan, 1961)

Isn’t this gorgeous? The photo doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of the pink background; evenat the age of 59, this stamp is bold on the page.

The coming of the cherry blossom is tracked in Japan with daily news reports. Imagine a weather front moving across your country, but the weather is the blossom appearing on cherry trees, from south to north. When the cherry blossom comes, people go to view it and still partake in a tradition of drinking under the cherry blossom. There is strong symbolism associated with the coming of life, but also with its fragility as the blossoms only appear for such a short period of time.

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