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Japan Diary

April 12, 2009

Enjoy cherry blossoms

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Please enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms (because so far there are no substantial new developments in the world. Launching of the North Korea missile? But do you really care about it? I do not see it).
But remember that they are of a rather new sort. The Somei-yoshino, the most beautiful and most common cherry tree in Japan, is a product of breeding. It came into being only about 150 years ago.

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I am not a fanatic of cherry blossoms. I consider that they are against our esthetic tradition: minimalism. Japanese ancient poets preferred the plum blossoms. They thought that they had to appreciate what Chinese poets praised. Poor guys.

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But how beautiful they are! One tree is enough to realize it. Akio KAWATO


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