Sakura, sakura

While walking in Kensington Gardens with Little Tyke and Mini Tyke, we came across a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. It’s picture time!!!

IMG_6227In Japan, cherry blossoms are called sakura, a special flower for the people and the country.IMG_6189It is also a Japanese traditional custom enjoying the transient beauty of the cherry blossoms. This is called a hanami.IMG_6230Today, me, George along with Little Tyke and Mini Tyke – we had a little hanami!

May’s comment:  The cherry blossoms are out. These delicate beautiful blossoms signifies Spring. So fragile and so fleeting –  probably why we appreciate them so much more during the short time they appear.  Some say they are symbolic of the fragility and beauty of life.IMG_6215

Sakura, Sakura is a Japanese children’s song – which I had learnt to sing at Music Class in primary school.

Sakura, Sakura, blossoms waving everywhere.
Clouds of glory fill the sky.
Mist of beauty in the air,
lovely colors floating by.
Sakura, Sakura,
Let all come singing.

Sakura, Sakura,
Blossoms waving in the breeze.
Yoshina, the cherry land,
Tatsuta, the maple trees,
Karasaki, pine tree grand,
Sakura, Sakura,
let all come singing.IMG_6228

 

1 Comment

  1. Margot

    Thank you for sharing these photos and the tradition of hanami! It reminds me of one of my favourite A. E. Housman poems.

    Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
    Is hung with bloom along the bough,
    And stands about the woodland ride
    Wearing white for Eastertide.

    Now, of my threescore years and ten,
    Twenty will not come again,
    And take from seventy springs a score,
    It only leaves me fifty more.

    And since to look at things in bloom
    Fifty springs are little room,
    About the woodlands I will go
    To see the cherry hung with snow.

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