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Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

April 27, 2009

The cherry blossom trees were almost in full bloom this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a week before Sakura Matsuri, or the cherry blossom viewing festival. Flower viewing, or hanami, has long been a tradition in China and Japan where people would gather together to witness the blooming of the cherry trees in spring and chrysanthemum in fall. The cherry blossom viewing was a favorite pastime of the nobility in Japan and is mentioned in the famous novel, The Tale of Genji, which is a favorite subject of artists. 

 

Court Ladies Among Cherry Trees. Japan, Edo Period, 1590-1640. Pair of six-panel folding screens; color, gold, and silver on paper. The Freer Gallery of Art.

Court Ladies Among Cherry Trees. Japan, Edo Period, 1590-1640. Pair of six-panel folding screens; color, gold, and silver on paper. The Freer Gallery of Art.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden had some beautiful cherry trees and a perfect Japanese pond to match. It was a little crowded but everyone was just so happy to have nice weather and beautiful flowers that you almost didn’t notice that you were surrounded by people…

 

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