The Awareness of Impermanence

もののあはれ (mono no aware) is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence and a sadness at its passing. No where is this more apparent than in the watching of nature and especially with the short lived beauty of the Sakura or cherry blossoms.

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Hanami is the time when friends, families and strangers all gather underneath the Sakura to marvel at their beauty and is as much a part of Japan as Geishas and samurai and has been occurring for centuries.

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The cherry blossoms start flowering in the south of Japan in January. The Japanese then carefully track the cherry blossom front as it moves north, arriving in Tokyo towards the end of March/early April.

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The trees flowers are quick to turn into a snow of petals, and a bad turn of weather can put an end to the blossoms over night.

Photos all taken at Shinjuku Gyoen.

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My three and a half months of working at the Ski resort has come to an end, leaving with just enough money to keep me going, I am happily back on the road.

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This entry was published on April 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm and is filed under Japan, Language, Nature, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “The Awareness of Impermanence

  1. Megs on said:

    So beautiful. Wish you luck, excitement and happiness on the next part of your journey! Xxx

  2. Wish we had more cherry blossoms in London. These are spectacular! Good luck on the rest of your journey & please keep us up to date with your posts, if possible!

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