桜 Cherry blossoms Bird’s-eye View

It is cherry blossom season in Tokyo area. People are craze about the pinky flowers.

Enjoy one minute trip in Bird’s eye view over cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

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桜 Cherry Blossom: The Colour of Spring

Cheery Blossom In early April, Japan is covered by pink of the Sakura bloom (cherry blossom).  Enjoying the bloom by walking through the cherry-tree-lined path or sitting under cherry tree is a Japanese tradition to celebrate the coming of spring. 

Cheery blossom has short lives of about a couple of weeks. The full bloom could stay only less than one week and then flower petals flutter in the air and pass away. 

This short period in full bloom and the beauty of the flowers are often likened to the fragility of human life. Sakura bloom looks as if living out of its short life by having the glow of the moment. We, Japanese may reflect our life to it and long for having such a glow even for a moment.

Apart from its fragility, ‘madness’ is also used to describe the full bloom of cherry blossom. Thousands of flowers densely bloom all at once. The massiveness and the thick layer of flowers. The overwhelming aesthetics.  I can sense somewhat the feeling of going crazy. 

Cherry blossom is a favourite theme for art and literature. The co-existence of fragility and madness that reminds complex human nature, may stimulate creativity and imagination of artists.

Today, I visited an exhibition of a paper cutout by Risa Kojo The title of exhibition is ’さくら模様 (Sakura design) at CAT’S CRADLE in Waseda, Tokyo. 

By zooming up the below pictures, you can see the delicate work of her paper cutout that I think is expressing fragility and aesthetics of Sakura well. Sakura2 Sakura1 

Risa is a young designer who graduated from School of Visual Arts (BFA) in NY and is now based in Tokyo. I met her through Ise-katgami (the paper stencil) artisan Isao Uchida, who I wrote about in my previous blog. Risa has been engaging with artisan to transmit the great historical craftsmanship to the next generation. 


Sato Sakura Museum(郷さくら美術館)is a cozy and intimate museum, one is in Nakameguro,Tokyo and another is in Koriyama in Fukushima prefecture. This museum is dedicated to the exhibition of Japanese-style paintings done by painters who are born in Showa era (1926-1989). With the aim of offering full bloom of cherry blossom though out the year, great works of more than 10 pieces with Sakura motif are regularly exhibited. 

Sato Sakura Museum

Photo from crescent28.exblog.jp

Sato Sakura Museum2

Photo from よこおえいこ ブログ

Cherry blossom season is almost over, but we can still be enchanted with Sakura drawn in the paintings. We are so used to the ‘simulated experience’ through somebody else’s experience posted in Twitter and Facebook anyway, aren’t we?