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Davin Underwood:  Wiki Page: Hanami

Page history last edited by L. Davin Underwood 12 years, 3 months ago

Hanami:

a celebration of wabi-sabi

 

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Traditional Hanami

 

  •  Literally means "flower viewing"

 

 

  • Is a centuries old Japanese custom that appears to have originated in the 8th century. 

 

 

  • Originally, it was a delicately orchestrated tea ceremony reserved for the elite of the Imperial Court.

 

 

  • The ceremonies took place beneath the blossoming boughs of the Japanese flowering cherry trees, known as Sakura.

 

 

  • They believed kami lived inside the trees and flowers.

 

 

  • The cherry blossoms were seen as metaphors for the fleetingness of life.

 

 

  • It was a time to observe and to appreciate transcience; a time to renew the spirit.   

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  • Now, hanami is a nationally recognized festival that marks the beginning of spring in Japan, and practically everyone there goes outside to take part in the happenings, even cats! 

 

  • The uniqueness of the hanami celebration that sets it apart from other springtime fests lies in that, for the Japanese, it is still a time to acknowledge and to admire the ephemeral beauty of life through the Sakura blossoms.

 

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Wabi-sabi in Hanami

 

  • Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese artistic asthetic; but, it is less about art and more about the instantaneous feeling one gets upon observation of something, in this case, the cherry blossoms.

 

 

  • It is a relationship between observer and the observed.  

 

 

  • Sakura are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

 

 

  • It suggests a natural process: the life cycle of the Sakura is an absolute natural process.

 

 

  • The cherry blossom is a symbol of life and how quickly it fades away.

 

 

  • Hanami is a time to stop preoccupation with success and to enjoy the unencumbered life.

 

 

  • It is an awareness and an appreciation of the inevitable; death.

 

 

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  • The cherry blossoms are devloving toward nothingness.

 

  • The admiration of death is somewhat on the darker side of things.

 

  • The sight of Sakura alone are spectacular and evoke an odd feeling of beauty.

 

 

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Fun Facts

 

  • The cherry blossom is the unofficial national flower of Japan.

 

  • Sakura are fruitless trees.

 

  • The anticipation of Hanami is so intense that even the Japan Weather Association forecasts the blooming season.

 

  • Special edition candies are produced much like the ones produced for U.S. holidays.

 

  • People show up days in advance to procure the most desirable location beneath cherry blossoms.

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