On the Sumida Embankment in the Eastern Capital, two bijin walking under Cherry blossom. A distant view of Fuji san in the background by Hiroshige (1797-1858)
"Under the Cherry Trees" by Kunisada, 1852
Bokusui tsutsumi hanazakari no zu by Hiroshige, 1881
Monkeys in a Blossoming Cherry Tree by Mori Sosen, early 1800s
Instead, I'll be on a plane to visit family in Canada, and the blossom will be long gone by the time I get back. Still, it was beautiful. No need for any other words, perhaps. And I'll leave you now with the iconic Sakura, Sakura played on the 25 string koto:
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