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The beauty of cherry blossoms isn’t the only thing going for them (Japanese) – they also carry a deep philosophy in their petals. Part of the poignancy of cherry blossoms is their metaphorical meaning, rooted in a Buddhist approach to mortality. Japanese culture recognizes the short-lived life span of the flower as a symbol of the transience of human existence. When cherry blossoms bloom they flourish into vibrant and potent flowers only to fall from their trees two weeks later. This is seen as a melancholic yet beautiful metaphor for our fleeting lives. The cherry blossom spiritual meaning is entwined in Japanese culture and history.”

March 2021, Toronto


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