Watching the news from Japan unfold, I am struck by the fact that the cherry blossoms (which flower for the two weeks from late March to April) will be appearing this year amongst scenes of devastation. I have read that the samurai adopted the cherry blossom as a personal insignia to signify acceptance of nature and the quiet celebration of mans' ephemeral nature.
When one wears cherry blossom designs, one implies that one is in harmony with the nature of things, sad as that nature may be, and that ones flesh is as fragile as the cherry blossom itself.
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