Andrew’s world in Japan

Andrew Artist & researcher based in KL since 2009, passionately exploring the creativprocess &connecting with other creative people.

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skyward view in Tsuruma Koen

 Seasonal Natures Infl uence Sakura season in Nagoya

Nature rewards us in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways. Just during the course of a single day, we are given the gift of watching motion, time, space and light magically alter our surroundings. The outcome may not be what we have been led to recognise and appreciate, but we catch glimpses of human love and appreciation for our gifts from nature. Festivals and rituals during specifi c seasonal moments expose the human connection to nature. Japan has the ‘Star Festival,’ ‘Hanami Viewing’ / ‘Sakura,’ ‘Momo no Sekku,’ and the ‘Choyo no Sekku.’ Without going into detail on what each is, like most festivals, they are generally historically connected to our planets seasonal environment.

Spring may be the most obvious and joyous candidate for a season based celebration. The ice and snow are morphing into fl uids to encourage a spurt of growth and development that has traditionally ensued. Animals and humans arise from their winter slumber, rebuilding homes and relationships. Around the globe cultures launch into celebrations. As I’ve mentioned, Japan defi nitely hosts theirs as well.

Seasons are changing, our planets climate seems to be shifting more dramatically. Temperatures are peaking and toughing at what many scientists and people fi nd alarming. Now more then ever, maybe celebration is an opportunity to fold into a new layer of creation. Sakura season is a beautiful moment to pause, gather, refl ect and celebrate. I know I’ve said it before. It is a renewal of energy that was tucked away under the cold of winter.

I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy cherry blossom celebrations in many cities. It can be quite unpredictable, just when the fl owers bloom. Once they do, everyone knows it is a fl eeting moment. Maybe just long enough to celebrate and remain on track for whatever needs to be accomplished. For those that live in the area, timing isn’t such an important detail. Others, like myself, must schedule that time and hope the gamble works out. Most memorable sakura festival season thus far may be the random jumble of people I met in Nagoya 2009.

There are several locations to gather. Some are more likely to be crowded, so arrive early and prepared. Nagoya Castle is easily a stand out picturesque location to host your cherry blossom picnic. Statistics show the space where most tend to gather is usually Tsuruma Koen. There you fi nd plenty of space to actually sit under the bright sakura blossoms. Just arrive early enough to secure a spot, or send a scout on ahead. Open your sake or beers, lean back and enjoy the wonder of change, who really knows, this may be our last chance to take it in.

sun sets at Nagoya Castle

sun sets at Nagoya Castle

setting up in Tsuruma Koen

setting up in Tsuruma Koen

celebrations in full eff ect

celebrations in full eff ect

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