Sakura

I think one of the (many) reasons I love trees is that I’m really not into flowers and blooms all that much.  I love green, and I love foliage.  But at this time of year, even I can appreciate this view.

IMG_2745

Yes, it’s cherry blossom time.  I have no idea if this means more to me because of growing up in Japan, or if many people find that this sight breathtakingly beautiful.  In Japan a lot of significance is attached to cherry blossoms — more than I know on the subject can be found here.    “Hanami” (literally “flower viewing”) is an important tradition in Japan, celebrated with picnics under cherry blossoms in full bloom.  I haven’t attended the event before, but this year is the Third Annual “Sakura Sunday” cherry blossom festival in Portland:  April 7, 2013 at the Japanese American Historical Plaza from noon to 3PM.

I have been wanting to get down to the waterfront to photograph the blossoms at the Plaza, but this is spring break week, and family life is particularly busy.  I fear the blossoms will have dropped before I can make it to that location, so these shots (taken today on the way from soccer day camp to baseball practice) from a less glamorous spot at the corner of N. Williams and NE Sumner will have to do.

IMG_2753

IMG_2754      IMG_2759

IMG_2761

Earlier today, I was disappointed that I might miss the waterfront cherry blossoms this year.  Maybe I’ll still get there, but I realize now that I feel very content to have taken the time to appreciate viewing the ones I did encounter today.  I wonder how many other lesser known cherry blossom viewing places we have around Portland?

IMG_2768

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Street trees and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Sakura

  1. Julie Fukuda says:

    Cherries bloomed early in Tokyo and I fear there will be little left to view for those parties scheduled for April.

  2. Basho wrote, as translated by Robert Aitken,
    How many, many things
    They bring to mind–
    Cherry blossoms!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s