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Hanami at Home
This entry was posted on March 19, 2020 by Madison Folks.
While a light chill may still hang in the air, the first blooms of delicate pink petals ensure us that spring has indeed arrived. The blooming of cherry blossoms, or “sakura” is an event witnessed and celebrated across the globe. Admired from picnic blankets beneath blushing boughs to citywide festivals, the delicate beauty of these flowers draws crowds wherever they bloom. In Japan, this practice is known as hanami, or "flower viewing."
Widely celebrated for hundreds of years in Japanese literature, poetry and art, sakura are beloved for their intense and fleeting beauty. Due to their brief life span (14 days at most), cherry blossoms serve as a metaphor for the transient nature of human. During the Edo period (1603-1868), this metaphor extended to the short, yet brilliant lives of warriors and the fleeting beauty of courtesans. Today, all around the world, people pause to appreciate this seasonal beauty.
In the spirit of social distancing, this selection of prints from the online exhibition Welcome, Spring invites you to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossom from the comfort of your home. Through this digital hanami, we invite you to explore splendor of cherry blossoms through artists' eyes.
To explore more images of cherry blossoms, as well as other spring blooms, be sure visit our online exhibition Welcome, Spring here.