Monday 31 March 2014

Cherry Blossom Time

In Japan the weather service issues daily bulletins on the northwards advance of the Cherry Blossom Front from island to island and city to city, and we mark the occasion with these postcards. For many Japanese the Cherry Blossom Front has a talismanic significance not only for the splendour and brevity of display but also for the metaphoric value as a reminder of the transience of physical beauty and human existence. The suburban street scene above is especially atmospheric, a silent tramcar rolls through a tunnel of cherry blossom while a furtive human presence is half concealed in the shadows. 

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