Cherry Blossom or ‘Sakura’ as it is known in Japan – Taken at the Werribee River September 08. Hand held macro. This image has not been edited in anyway. It is how it came from the camera. Windy day, fabulous afternoon light and great company. I was lucky enough to live in japan and experience the joy of the Sakura no Ki Festival for three years. It is truly a wonderful experience and this is my tribute to it. I hope you enjoy :))
About the Cherry Blossom in Japan.
Sakura, or Cherry Blossom is an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, affection and represents spring. Cherry blossoms are an enduring metaphor for the fleeting nature of life, and as such are frequently depicted in art.
In Japan the cherry blossoms are believed to exemplify the transient nature of life, because of their short blooming times. Cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware. The association of the Sakura with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga.The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality; for this reason, Sakura are richly symbolic.
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Equipment : Nikon D60 with AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm f/2/8G.ED
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