Japan & the Cherry Blossom

To everyone’s delight, cherry blossoms in Japan are now just blooming!

We went for a walk on Sunday to a park in Tokyo and we were overwhelmed by the number of families and friends that were gathering for the highly anticipated, centuries-old tradition of hanami (cherry blossom-viewing).

But the meaning of cherry blossoms in Japan goes deeper, and makes the country’s national flower a cultural icon well known around the world not just for its breath taking beauty, but for its enduring expression of life, death and renewal.

Tied to the Buddhist themes of mortality, mindfulness and living in the present, Japanese cherry blossoms are a timeless metaphor for human existence. Blooming season is powerful, glorious and intoxicating, but tragically short-lived — a visual reminder that our lives, too, are fleeting.

Although we do not identify ourselves with any religion , we certainly do advocate the reminder!

Blog video 100 from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.

14 thoughts on “Japan & the Cherry Blossom

  1. Ken Rapoport

    John & Gaby

    Treat yourself to a hot spring experience ….it was one of the highlights of my Japanese trip!

    Headed to Thailand June 17…maybe we will cross paths!

    Ken

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    1. Gaby Post author

      Hi Ken
      We will be in China then!!! we will be in Thailand in July ….would have been great to see you … I guess you will just have to make it to Tassie one day xxx gab

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  2. Jorge morato

    Japon, que interesante, otra cultura, otra gente, otra civilización, hermoso video y la música perfecta. Buen viaje

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  3. Gordon B - SAMt 11 2016

    Who needs Fox and ‘Free-to-air’ when I can get my weekly episode of Gaby & John’s adventures….. 🙂
    Far more enjoyable!!!! And always an interesting tune to listen to as we view the amazing moments from your travels.
    Thanks J&G for inspiring us all.
    Safe travelling until next week!!!!!!
    BTW, Glenn and Roly told us how beautiful Japan was during the P/B/C tour last November. Your video only helps me to resolve to travel there sometime soon.

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    1. John Post author

      Hey Gordon,

      Glad you enjoy the videos mate. Yes Japan is really quite beautiful is its own way and the people very unique. Another place you need to come and see!

      Cheers

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  4. Eric Gohier

    Hey adventurers,

    Carolyn and I are in Tokyo until Thursday, Kyoto after that. Any chance you are still in a Tokyo?

    Also, any chance you’ll be transiting our home town of Hong Kong?

    Eric & Carolyn

    WhatsApp +85291728002

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    1. John Post author

      Hi Eric and Carolyn, great to hear from you guys. Would have been great to catch up in Tokyo but unfortunately we left yesterday and are now in Nikko. We will be in mainland China in June but not sure if we’ll make it all the way to Hong Kong. Will certainly let you know if we do though!
      Hope you guys have a great time in Kyoto.

      Cheers

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  5. Ana

    Una hermosura!!! me recuerda muchas peliculas y muchas escenas de Buenos Aires y su comunidad japonesa!! Un salto grande (a pesar de estar cerca), Rusia y Japon.
    El árbol de Hiroshima emociona!!! es hermosa la experiencia de su viaje!!!
    Gracias por compartir algo tan hermoso!!!

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