April 19, 2011

Shidare-zakura (Prunus pendula) blossoms in Kencho-ji

In the bright afternoon sun which is declining slightly, the balmy breeze of spring is gently swaying the drooping spray of Shidare-zakura blossoms as if it tried to tenderly caress these graceful blossoms.

Spring is here to awake us to the joy of life again.

The joyful sweet songs of birds are heard here and there among the fresh green leaves of trees and the flowers of various colors are blooming everywhere in the sunny garden of Zen.

("Shidare-zakura" means a "weeping cherry tree" and is also called "Ito-zakura" because this cherry tree has thread("Ito")-like slim branches.)

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