Today, Wednesday, April 18,I will go to the Brooklyn botanical gardens to see the Cherry blossoms– the Japanese ritual of Sakaru. Then I go on to Integral Yoga Institute to teach my Practical Course tomorrow. ~ Ohashi
The Japanese cherry blossom tree, better known as Sakura, holds a special place in the hearts of Japanese. If you do not already know, Sakura bloom in early spring around Japan starting in Okinawa and run north to Hokkaido. In times gone by the short life of the Sakura blossoms symbolically represented the life of the samurai, meaning that life was beautiful however short. The aforementioned symbolism still holds sway in the heart of many Japanese.
Viewing Sakura, cherry blossom is a spring ritual for most Japanese. Visit at day or at night during the spring season any shrine or park for various hanami, blossom viewing activities which include traditional dances, lantern lighting, and food and drink.