Sakura Fever at the Japan Mint in Osaka is a Transcendental Event

Sakura fever has struck. The falling petals of many cherry blossoms throughout the Kansai region have forced me outside to make pilgrimages on my bike around Osaka and else where to view these breathtaking beautiful trees. They remind me of how short life is. Most cherry blossoms have now faded and dropped their petals like snow. … Continue reading Sakura Fever at the Japan Mint in Osaka is a Transcendental Event

Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature

“If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!”  — Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), nativist thinker and poet One of the biggest reasons I love Japan is its cultural connection to nature. From its animistic roots in Shintoism, which came from Siberian shamans … Continue reading Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature