Cherry Blossom Motifs Have Long Dominated Japanese Art

As one might imagine due to their importance as a national symbol, cherry blossoms feature quite prominently in Japanese art. When Utagawa Hiroshige painted the Fuji Sanju-Rokkei in the 1850s, he was working with material that Katsushika Hokusai had already touched previously. His versions of the scenes perhaps made cherry blossoms that much more […]

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Blooms Strong in Washington D.C.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is always a popular event, and its just starting to pick up momentum in the Washington D.C. area. The festival celebrates the March 27, 1912 gift of 3,020 from Mayor Ozaki Yukio to the city of Washington D.C. It was designed to highlight the growing relationship between the United […]

Profound Symbolism can be Found in Cherry Blossom Trees

One of the more enduring images of Japan are the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom every spring. They’ve become so popular that news broadcasts in Japan even feature maps that show when the blooming season will occur. These maps depict blooming blossoms as though they were a moving weather front. While they might wreak […]