We are often asked why Japanese people love cherry blossoms so much.
Japanese native cherry blossoms (Somei Yoshino) bloom only for one week and Japanese people love fleeting things; things that last for a very short period of time. These Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms bloom around the time of the year when fleeting life-marking events happen, such as graduation ceremonies and company/school entrance ceremonies.
It's a nostalgic time of the year for Japanese who connect fleeting cherry blossoms and the fleeing events of their own lives.
Taken with an old-timer Nikon Series E 75-150mm f3.5 on Canon 5D Mark II.