April 3, 2007

Sakura at Yamazakigawa riverbank, Nagoya


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Sakura trees along Yamazakigawa riverbank

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Sakura flowers taken at dusk

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The range from Ishikawa Bridge spanning over Yamazaki River to Mizuho Park is known to be one of the major spots for cherry blossoms in the city. About 600 Someiyoshino form a row of cherry trees and there is a promenade where you can enjoy seasonal faces of the area.


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A great feeling to have nice stroll along all the sakura trees

According to wiki :

The sakura has always been a symbol of ephemeral beauty in Japan and closely associated with samurai or bushi. Life was considered brief and beautiful, much like a cherry blossom. This theme remains alive today, seen often in pop culture (specifically manga and anime). Music also works with the theme. For example, the band Kagrra, that often associates sakura to its songs and live shows ambience.

During World War II, the sakura served as a motivating symbol for the Japanese people. Japanese pilots would paint them on the sides of their planes before embarking on a suicide mission. A cherry blossom painted on the sides of the bomber symbolized the beauty and ephemerality of nature (ISBN 0-676-97512-7). The government encouraged the people to believe that the souls of downed warriors were reincarnated in the blossoms. Even now Japanese military and police use cherry for emblems, flags and insignia, instead of star


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2 comments:

Nightraveller said...

WOW! nice!

Lee Ai Ling said...

I like the one of the sakura taken at dusk. Lovely lighting that one!