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Cherry Blossom Petal Falling Days

“And so the spring buds burst, and so I gaze,
And so the blossoms fall, and so my days ...”

~ Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738)

In the midst of blossom-viewing season, this tartan celebrates Hanami, the centuries-old Japanese tradition of welcoming the Spring by witnessing and contemplating the natural beauty of cherry blossom trees as they explode into bloom. This tartan's shades of pink, cerise and white pay tribute to the beautiful and delicate petals while the leafy green colour represents the lush sepal and leaves. The pale yellow reflects the pollen coated stamen, and brown signifies the elegant branches and the sturdy trunk of the cherry tree. The ephemeral beauty of the blooming season is short, and some trees may only hold their blossoms for a single week before the petals fall and carpet the ground. 🌸

It's the season for Cherry Blossom festivals in Japan, and in many other places around the world.

From the Scottish register:

This tartan was created to celebrate Hanami (blossom-viewing), a centuries-old Japanese tradition of welcoming the Spring.  Hanami is the witnessing and adoration of the natural beauty of cherry blossom trees as they explode into bloom. The shades of pink, cerise and white of this tartan pay tribute to the beautiful delicate petals on display.  The leafy green colour represents the lush sepal and leaves.  The pale yellow reflects the pollen coated stamen, and brown signifies the elegant branches and the sturdy tree trunk.

 

Hanami has a brief blooming season, often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. The love of cherry blossom runs deep in Japan, not only for its beauty, but also as an enduring expression of life, death and renewal.

For the best times of the year to see the cherry blossoms in Japan, click the tree in flower.

 

And to find the dates and locations of cherry blossom festivals in your area for your own hanami, click here.