Sakura III, Japanese Landscape Painting

Sakura III
Sakura III


takasago no
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.



Sakura III


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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Frame/Mat: No

Purchase: Sold via Daily Paintworks Help Japan Challenge Auction


8 Responses to Sakura III, Japanese Landscape Painting

This is so beautiful! I just heard that the cherry blossoms are now in bloom in Washington, DC (a gift from the Japanese Emperor 99 years ago).

Keiko Tanabe
Rhonda, Shirley, thank you very much for your kind comments. Yes, Rhonda, next year being the Centennial Anniversary, I think it's wonderful that sakura also symbolizes the long-term friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

Ellen W. Wolfgang
I love cherry blossom as well and I really appreciate people you have talent in painting like you do. Please do drop by my website and have a look if you have a chance.landscape paintings

Keiko Tanabe
Thank you, Ellen, for your visit and generous comment. I appreciate you sharing a link to an interesting site (is this yours?).

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I have always love Japan and seeing a painting like this is so nostalgic.

Evergreen Turf

this is a great blog, and so beautiful!

Keiko Tanabe

Your kind words are truly appreciated. Thank you for visiting.

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