- Takizakura in Miharu-city
- It is transient, thus it is beautiful. The contrast of its majestic short life.
Takizakura in Miharu-city
Miharu-city is in Tamura-gun, Fukushima Prefecture. As the city’s name suggests, the flowers of Ume, Peach, and Cherry blossom all bloom at the same time and because of this that, it’s name comes from the Japanese word “三春,” literally meaning three springs. Isn’t it cute? There are about ten thousand cherry blossom trees planted in the city and the Takizakura (literally, cherry blossom waterfall) is the most famous. Many visitors come to see it during the season. This time, our photographer Yuri Suzuki took some great shots of the Takizakura.
I also looked back at my camera data and found some cherry blossom photos from this year.
Those photos reminded me of the flurry of falling cherry blossoms in front of me when I was in Japan, walking a street full of cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossoms even remind me of Japan’s humid climate that follows their season.
It is transient, thus it is beautiful. The contrast of its majestic short life.
There are several theories to explain the reason why cherry blossoms are important to Japanese people. One theory says that their beauty celebrates the coming spring with the brilliant color of pink. Another says that the cherry blossom’s life is said to be an ideal lifestyle, which Japanese people like. They bloom only once a year for just one week. Another theory says that it suits the beginning of new life in Japan, because schools and offices welcome new people in April. However, the most convincing theory for me is that cherry blossom expresses life and transience at the same time, and it feels to me like the Buddhist philosophy, “All worldly things are transitory” (諸行無常). I think this sounds familiar to Japanese people who can associate it with their minds.
“All worldly things are transitory.” This may sound like something very sad, but it is not true. What the cherry blossoms imply is that everyone can change anytime and people can change themselves forever. It also teaches us the happiness of continuous life. Cherry blossoms are flowers that are full of hope.
We are now entering June. What did you declare under a cherry tree 2 months ago? Now might be good time to look back at what you’ve decided for the year.
1-2 Omachi Miharu, Tamura District, Fukushima Prefecture