Under cherry trees
there are no strangers
Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1827)
The lively pink hues of cherry blossoms create a colourful and vibrant atmosphere celebrating the arrival of spring. In Japan, the cherry tree’s beautiful but short lived blooms has traditionally symbolise the beauty, fragility and transience of life. It is also a source of inspiration, creativity, and illumination for poets, artists, musicians and writers in Japan and all over the world. I suppose Issa-san’s prose was inspired by his observation that those who come to enjoy and reflect on the beauty of the cherry blossoms are bound by a common fellowship. On a recent visit to China, while visiting a public park, I had the above tree all to myself for a good while and spent some time enjoying its beauty amid the tranquil surrounding after taking some photos. If there were others around at the time, would Issa-san’s observation ring true?
Happy Easter and a wonderful Easter holiday.
Photo Fuji X-E2 with XF 35mm