onoe no sakura
toyama no kasumi
tatazu mo aranan
On the upper slopes
of steep hills
the cherries have bloomed.
O mists of the near foothills,
please do not rise in the way!
(by Masafusa Ooe, 1041-1111)
Sakura (cherry blossoms) is probably the most beloved flower among the Japanese. Often planted en masse, the sakura trees, when their flowers are in full bloom, look like soft, pink clouds. The flowers won't last a long time and the petals are fragile, so knowing when and where to go to view sakura each spring is an important event for the Japanese. It depends on where you are located in Japan, but the time frame is usually short - only a couple of weeks in April. Their favorite hanami (flower-viewing) season is almost here.
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Purchase: Sold via Daily Paintworks Help Japan Challenge Auction