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Cherry Blossom Photo Show (Video)

This video was created by compiling some selected photoes taken from Cherry Blossom (Sakura) festivel in Kagawa ken, Japan during April, 2010. A cherry blossom is the name for the flower of cherry trees known as Sakura in Japanese. In English, the word "sakura" is equivalent to the Japanese flowering cherry. Cherry fruit (known in Japanese as sakuranbo) comes from another species of tree. In Japan cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware. The most popular variety of sakura in Japan is the Somei Yoshino. Its flowers are nearly pure white , tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem. They bloom and usually fall within a week, before the leaves come out. Therefore, the trees look nearly white from top to bottom. The variety takes its name from the village of Somei ( now part of Toshima in Tokyo). It was developed in the mid-to late-19th century at the end of the Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji period. The Somei Yoshino is so widely associated with cherry blossoms that jidaigeki and other works of fiction often depict the variety in the Edo period or earlier; such depictions are anachronisms. Winter sakura (fuyuzakura / Prunus subhirtella autumnalis) begins to bloom in the fall and continues blooming sporadically throughout the winter. It is said to be a cross between Tokyo Higan cherry (edohiganzakura / P. incisa) and Mamezakura / P. pendula. Other categories include yamazakura, yaezakura, and shidarezakura. The yaezakura have large flowers, thick with rich pink petals. The shidarezakura, or weeping cherry, has branches that fall like those of a weeping willow, bearing cascades of pink flowers. These pictures have taken by Mirza Hasanuzzaman in April, 2010 from Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Lets enjoy.

Posted by hasanuzzaman on May 21, 2010 at 7:21 AM 561 Views

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