Japan Earthquake Relief: “I’m with you!”message greeting cards

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by Garima Panika


In Japan, cherry trees, called "Sakura," and cherry blossom flowers themselves are held in the highest esteem. For thousands of years, the Japanese people have celebrated Hanami annually. Hanami is basically parties organized to view blossoming cherry trees.

Originally, the purpose of Hanami excursions was to ponder the transient nature of life, as the cherry blossom blooming season is so short. The cherry blossom represents the cycle of life and how our lives blossom and fall. The blossoms represent the beautiful but transient nature of life.

The beauty of cherry blossoms lies in one’s feeling their imminent absence. Even as they are just beginning to blossom one feels the pain of their ending already present. One must be willing to let the cherry blossoms go, to really experience their ephemeral beauty. In a way, the letting go of it IS cherry-blossom beauty.

The Japanese culture is like the cherry blossoms on an old and beautiful tree. As Japan faces immense suffering, the beautiful cherry blossom tree symbolizes the eternity of life and necessity to let go of the pain, so that the new way can come and Japanese peope can heal and renew themselves.

“ I’m with you” translates into the determination to rekindle each person’s life force, so we can blossom together in this lifetime, like this beautiful cherry blossom tree, because no matter what the hardships, winter always turns to spring.