Sunday, 7 November 2010
07:41:55 PM (GMT)
This is my statement of the Japanese sherry tree, i figure since people love
it so much for its beauty that i made this diary entry just for your convenience and
interest ^^ enjoy!
A cherry blossom is the flower of the cherry trees known as Sakura (桜 or 櫻;
さくら?). In English, "sakura" refers to the Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus
In Japan 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 cherry
blossom 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, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and
have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime, and film, as well as at
musical performances for ambient effect. The band Kagrra, which is associated with
the visual kei movement, is an example of this latter phenomenon. There is at least
one popular folk song, originally meant for the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), titled
"Sakura", and several pop songs. The flower is also represented on all manner of
consumer goods in Japan, including kimono, stationery, and dishware.
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.
At Himeji Castle JapanDuring World War II, the cherry blossom was used to motivate
the Japanese people, to stoke nationalism and militarism among the populace. Japanese
pilots would paint them on the sides of their planes before embarking on a suicide
mission, or even take branches of the trees with them on their missions. A cherry
blossom painted on the side of the bomber symbolized the intensity and ephemerality
of life;[ in this way, the aesthetic association was altered such that falling cherry
petals came to represent the sacrifice of youth in suicide missions to honor the
emperor. The government even encouraged the people to believe that the souls of
downed warriors were reincarnated in the blossoms.
In its colonial enterprises, imperial Japan often planted cherry trees as a means of
"claiming occupied territory as Japanese space".