Sakura Matsuri 2017
‘Sakura Matsuri’ in Japanese translates to ‘Cherry Blossom Festival’. This event is held all over the world to celebrate regrowth and continued friendship between the U.S. and Japan. (After all, Japan did gift us with 3,000 cherry trees back in 1912.) Our histories and connectivity has definitely been rocky, but we’re in a better place now, for certain. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens played host this year, providing the aesthetical background few locales can match. It also gave me a chance to visit the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
So zen. So very zen.
Ensconcing oneself in traditional views that are not one’s own is a kind of refreshing directive. It not only lessens ignorance, but also generates a better regard in how we see the world, its people, its ways, its very existence.
I loved seeing the contemporary try their take on the traditional. Sakura Matsuri is also considered one of top cosplay gatherings, which attributed a homely energy, almost magical.
The Japanese word hanami, elicits this convention: enjoy every lasting moment of the cherry blossom season. I’d like to think I took part in hanami as best I could. I am so inspired by what I’ve learned and very much look forward to more events that will both enliven and deliver, as this one has.
平和 – PEACE!