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Early Cherry Blossom

In order to put  [ An-Mochi Cooking ] post, I needed to have a photo of Plum Blossom. 

Though I couldn’t find it in time of the 3rd of March, Japanese Hina-Matsuri (ひな祭り/Girls Festival )

Then few days ago, I saw a Pink Blossom from a bus window.  But when I went back there with my camera,  tree was

turned out to be a  Mountain Cherry  ( we call Yama-zakura/山桜 ) = the origin of  Somei-Yoshino variety.

Despite of normally rather small Mountain Cherry,  this tree was a quite hefty big tree of 5~6 m tall which

I can even climb up. ( Though, as a good citizen, I didn’t  😀 )   As it spreading the branches wide, it

convinced me to use Fisheye lens ( again )  😀

In the western tastes, the more the flowers, mean “Gorgeous” !

So, enjoy the view.  Gorgeous isn’t it.  — though, if I may a bit sarcastic, this psyche and its tendency

might be related to the birth of the Capitalism.  ( In its endless greed —– though, don’t ask me

how about the psyche of tremendously rich eastern industrialists  😀 )

So, it might be only a fig-leaf of yet another greed, still this kind of rather reserved decency, originated from

the Confucians philosophy is more appreciated in the east as it often appeared in the Chinese paintings.

Coinciding with Confucians, Taoism has been teaching

the virtue of  living with the rules of the nature.

 Be humble and live as an anonymous small person

 = This is the idea of Minimalism.

This minimalism has been reflected into Zen philosophy.

So that even in poetry, such as in Haiku/俳句, it is not just

short,but the strict rules limiting the use of the word  = only one word indicates the season/季語 = it must be

there, but another word doubling it is regarded to be superfluous, hence illegal = it got to be strictly minimal.


So, in photography, in order to show the full bloom of cherry,  some time photographer only showed a fallen

petal or two on the ground, or floating in the stream.  ( Though, in real life, to create this image, photographer

remove all the petals on the ground before, and places the best look flower petal in the most effective,

looks natural position = it is a staged photo  😀 ) —– I don’t have any editor to please = I’ve just clicked

a photo above.   If you find the flowers in full bloom and its end of the life = temporariness of

the life,  it is what this photo meant to be.  ( Click on the photo to enlarge, and click it again for further

enlargement = it become about the life-size.   Put your lap-top or tablet on the floor.   Kneel down as if you

are  looking into the fallen petals on the real ground.  Give a thought.  =  It would make you feel a bit humble. 

—– Take this as a Buddhist’s practice in Direct Transmission. )

( Camera used was a very humble Canon EOS 5D Mk-II,  8~15 mm Fisheye Zoom, 24~70 F2.8 Zoom Lens )




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  1. drawandshoot said, on March 16, 2012 at 21:09

    Lovely Yoshizen.

    • yoshizen said, on March 16, 2012 at 22:37

      Thank you Karen.
      PS: It seems something wrong with logging in to put
      [Like] or [comment] to your blog —– WP(or Gravitar ?) is keep saying,
      ” Error. Your account is associated with this Email address.
      Please logg in” —– ??? What are they talking ?”
      I may no longer able to put comment on your (in fact any) WP blog.
      Still, I’m keen follower and a reader of your beautiful Photo Blog.
      So, you just keep carry on. 🙂

      • drawandshoot said, on March 17, 2012 at 17:18

        Thank you Yoshizen, I hope you resolve the difficulties with this.
        I always appreciate your observations. 🙂

  2. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on March 17, 2012 at 01:26

    Your posts always make me smile, Yoshizen. Thank you! These photographs, and your accompanying narrative, are wonderful.

    • yoshizen said, on March 17, 2012 at 02:53

      Thank you Lemony. You are very kind. ( And honest though, —– )
      In reality, I’m a very serious critical person. ( You believe it or not ) Therefore, to see myself in the same
      critical eyes, I found it is no way near to the perfect. If not perfect, to pretend to be perfect is a hypocrite. Since, I’m a very honest person too. So, for the sake of truth, I was forced to live funny man’s life.
      —– believe me, I’m honest. Ha ha ha 😀 😀

  3. RK Henderson said, on March 17, 2012 at 05:34

    Flowering cherries are also a traditional part of spring here on the North Coast. They were first introduced by Japanese immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and now most cities have at least a few streets lined with them. For about a week every year, these streets look like a fantasy. A very appropriate setting for celebrating the blessing of daughters!


    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

    • yoshizen said, on March 17, 2012 at 09:18

      Oh, I see. Now I found the reason. Japanese immigrants wanted a pink flower for Hina-Matsuri.
      But, as the plum opens their flower 2 weeks late, in stead, they planted Yama-zakura. ( in its
      variety is Kan-zakura which can bloom even in the February )
      What an effort, what an heart-warming story = for celebrating the blessing of their daughter,
      early Japanese immigrants planted Yama-zakura brought back from far-land.
      Thank you Robin to let me know.

  4. RK Henderson said, on March 17, 2012 at 05:39

    By the way, Yoshizen, I had the same problem trying to comment here: every time I tried, I got that “email address already associated” warning. To the best of my knowledge, I never even had a WP account! But I went through the password-changing routine, during which WP informed me my user name was “rustyring”, which is my Gravatar name. Anyway, I went ahead and “changed” my password (signed up for WP, really), then logged in here and was able to comment.

    I guess some glitch has developed between Gravatar and WP.

    For what it’s worth!


    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

    • yoshizen said, on March 17, 2012 at 08:49

      Thank you Robin.
      I don’t know how Gravatar negotiated with WP. Anyhow they want to play bigger role here to
      list-up the users = the size of the registered user with their personal data is [ the Asset ].
      Especially, with [ Pass word ] mean, they can get into the space by their will = put any
      AD in their term = big selling point to the advertiser.
      The size of individual WP net work is pretty small = not much use for the advertiser, but people
      put [Like] much more casually = this network is quite big.
      And the tendency where to put [Like] —-> with statistical analysis = good indication of a market.
      —— with those reason, I never joined any SNS.

  5. singlee18 said, on March 21, 2012 at 11:16

    Wow, great Yoshizen, long time now see, thanks for sharing these great cherry flowers.

    • yoshizen said, on March 21, 2012 at 11:35

      謝謝 Sing Lee 同志
      I’m sure your country got those flower in much grander scale.
      I guess, your people more appreciates plum flower over cherry.
      My photo of plum blossom is coming soon. 🙂

      • singlee18 said, on March 26, 2012 at 11:08

        Haha, there are lots of wild cherry living on those high mountains, but they are completely different from those mad-grown cherry trees.
        By the way, we normally grow plum trees around our village, i grew more than 10 of them, and they are now still keep living very well.
        This year they will offer lots of fruit.

      • yoshizen said, on March 26, 2012 at 12:26

        20 or 30 years ago I had provably the most imaginative dream in my life :
        —– I was sent down from somewhere sky-high place, to get a bottle of spirit.
        I walked down a stone staircase held in the air like a rainbow.
        Walked down long long steps, I reached to a Chinese village which was filled
        with plum blossoms. Every where looked around, it was the pink flower.
        So, I convinced, Aha, this is the Shangrila / 桃源郷 ! —– and I looked for a shop.
        ——- ( The dream end here. I have no idea where this image came from though,
        Chinese village seemed to be always associated with lots of Plum flowers. 😀 )

  6. Yousei Hime said, on March 24, 2012 at 17:52

    Lovely photos. I wish I had more cherry trees near me. Our apple and pear trees will bloom soon. They are lovely too, of course. Still, they are not the same. Thank you for sharing these photos.

    • yoshizen said, on March 24, 2012 at 22:21

      遠路はるばるの御足労,いたく かたじけなし。 ;-)
      I wish, your friends rabbit has nice dream on the bed of apple flower petals.

  7. Yousei Hime said, on March 24, 2012 at 23:37

    I will watch and see and take pictures as I can. Just know that this rabbit will always dream of sakura.

  8. yoshizen said, on March 25, 2012 at 00:13

    How sweet.
    Yet, what dream the rabbit will be dreaming —– is it in a hilt of full bloom
    or the moment when the petals are fallen like a snow ?
    Japanese appreciate the Sakura, because of the beauty in its final moment.

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