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Temples, blossoms and sunshine, Tokyo | by Ippei & Janine Naoi
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Temples, blossoms and sunshine, Tokyo

Asakusa, Tokyo


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.

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Taken on April 5, 2009