2011-04-19: This year’s Osaka Cherry Blossom Viewing & Festival Market is taking place right now … from 14 April until 20 April 2011 … at the Osaka Mint Bureau (Zoheikyoku) … the head office of Japan Mint … a governmental agency responsible for the supply of coins and medals, and the analysis, testing and certification of metals.
The 560 metre long Cherry Blossom Walk in Osaka is famous, throughout Japan, for its 352 Cherry (Sakura) Trees … comprising 128 Cherry Varieties. It is open for public viewing during one week each year, usually in April, when the flowers are in full bloom.
In 2010, there were 602,000 visitors … and I was very fortunate to be one of those !
In 2011, the Themed Flowering Cherry is ‘IMOSE’ … so named, because it often bears two fruits from one flower. The flowers are light and dark red in colour … with around 30 petals, which bloom in two stages.
Before the recent Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in Japan … I would have automatically selected photographs which focused on the Cherry Blossoms, and had few if any people in view. Now, however, it is important to show ordinary Japanese people … people of all ages … enjoying a simple pleasure in life. These are the very same people who were caught up in the tragedy, and continue to suffer horrendously.
Now is the time, after the world’s short attention span has moved on to the next natural or man-made disaster, to continue to keep these people in our thoughts.
2011 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Appeal
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