The websites below discuss the importance and symbolism of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture.
“Sakura,” a Symbol of Spring in Japan
(this website is in Japanese, but can be read in English via Google Translate)
Observing the Changing Seasons: One of Life’s Simple Pleasures by Kuroda Momoko (from Nipponia)
Special thanks to Emiko Scudder from the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego for sharing these resources!
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*Above: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)