Sakura (桜) － Cherry tree. Sakura-bana (桜花) － Cherry blossoms. Haru (春) ー Spring. Haru-bana (春花) ー Spring flowers/blossoms.
The snapshots below (as the one above) were taken earlier this morning, 27 March 2010 . . . within a 5 minute walk of my house in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the first post the almost year that this site has been up that is not rooted in Japan, India or China. Well, in a way it is “rooted” in Japan, as the cherry trees in my neighborhood (of the Edohigan variety) and the “Japanese Tulip” blossoms (Magnolia X soulangeana ) are, well, of Japan. Please enjoy the color riot below, as well as the few black and white photos at the end.
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And the beautiful tune — “Hana” (flower/blossom) — performed by Masaaki Kishibe. May I suggest clicking the “Play” button, letting him start the song-proper, then looking back through the snapshots above. . . .