The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms
By Maria Popova
From award-winning British director Lucy Walker of Waste Land fame, a piece of existential poetry for your weekend: Japan’s most beloved tree began blooming a month after the devastating Fukushima disaster.
Even when the flower falls, we love it. That’s the heart of the Japanese person. Flowers dying is not a sad thing.
What a lyrical way to capture the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which has no direct translation in English but connotes a way of living that finds beauty in imperfection and accepts the natural cycle of growth and decay.
Published December 23, 2011