Spring 2019 Newsletter Highlights


Japanese Cherry Blossoms

The In Japan, the practice of hanami (viewing flowers) dates back over a thousand years, when the country’s aristocracy enjoyed gazing at the evanescent cherry blossoms which inspired the writing of poems. The blooms, which last approximately two weeks, became symbols of the impermanence of beauty, tied to the Japanese concept of mono no aware - the recognition that “nothing lasts forever”.

Today, cherry blossom fever and festivals are celebrated by thousands of viewers (natives and tourists) throughout Japan who flock to the parks to walk or picnic while enjoying the beauty of the flowers. The blossoming season and planned festivals vary according to the location. In Honshu blooms reach their peak in late March to April; in Hokkaido they are in full bloom in May; in Okinawa blooms begin in January; in Tokyo and Kyoto blossoms appear between March and April. While the flowering trees are the prime attraction, the accompanying festivals offer a variety of traditional Japanese performances and memorable ceremonies during this special time of the year.

Hanami is observed not only in other parts of Asia (e.g., China, Korea, Taiwan), but in Europe and the U.S. as well. One of the largest celebrations is held in Washington, D.C., which hosts an annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Some videos.

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Spring, 2019 Table of Contents

THE KOLAM ART OF INDIA
THE MORI: TOKYO'S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM IN THE SKY
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
RECONCILING AND CROSS POLLINATING
LOCAL EXHIBITS
GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND
PERSIAN CUISINE
NATIONAL EXHIBITS
ASIA: A BEST RESTAURANTS LIST
THE NAMBA YASAKA SHRINE
PAKISTAN AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES
HONEYCHURCH TRANSFORMED: A TOUR AND TALK, MAY 4, 2019
IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT ASIA
ROOTS OF IKAT WEAVING, MAY 19, 2019

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