Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden

I remember the first time I saw Cherry Blossoms; it was in my mind’s eye. I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden (the author) had created...
Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.

I remember the first time I saw Cherry Blossoms; it was in my mind’s eye. I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden (the author) had created such a beautiful picture with words that when I saw the movie of the same name a few years later, it was nothing short of a deja vu.

Cherry blossoms and the Japanese cannot quite be separated from each other.  A symbol of the Japanese spirit, these pretty flowers can be seen in most Japanese Gardens. Cherry blossoms or Sakura to the Japanese, symbolise clouds and that is exactly what they look like if you were to step into a garden of cherry trees in the Spring. Owing to their short life, these blossoms are also associated with ‘mortality.’

This spring, I just ‘had to’ see some Cherry blossoms so we headed to the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Here’s what I brought back for the readers of Tipsy from the Trip:

Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.

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45 Comments on this post.
  • umashankar
    1 May 2012 at 1:58 am

    Hey, that was beautiful just like the cherry blossoms! I didn't know how close these were to the Japanese ethos. Great photographs too!

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you USP.
      It was only recently that I learnt that the Cherry trees in Washington DC were actually gifted by Japan, as a sign of friendship :). Yeah…the Japanese and cherry trees/cherry blossoms have an age-old connection.

  • R.Ramakrishnan
    1 May 2012 at 2:56 am

    Cherry blossoms are incredibly beautiful.

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Oh yes, they are…Absolutely 🙂

  • AmitAag
    1 May 2012 at 6:47 am

    …another marvellous post, Divya, I'm delighted:) The pics and the narration are grrreatt!!

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Amit.

  • debajyoti
    1 May 2012 at 6:07 pm

    again i had to do a little research. your posts are quite complicated for people like me :D.

    loved those photographs!!

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you. 🙂
      Research? Again? That's so cool. I love your quest for knowledge. And what did you learn, Deb?

    • debajyoti
      1 May 2012 at 6:55 pm

      i learnt cherry blossoms.

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Ready to do a dissertation? I can give you some pictures. I have lots more of them 🙂

  • Ruchita
    1 May 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Superb pics and very well penned it

    • dNambiar
      1 May 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you Ruchita. 🙂

  • jaish_vats
    2 May 2012 at 4:49 am

    Very beautiful!

    • dNambiar
      2 May 2012 at 11:20 pm

      🙂

  • matheikal
    2 May 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Though I read so many English poems on the cherry in bloom, I understood their beauty only now – wonderful shots. Thanks.

    • dNambiar
      2 May 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Thank YOU, Matheikal. Welcome here.

  • Akshay Kumar G
    2 May 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I didn't know about the relationship between the Japanese and the Cherry. Nice to know. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      2 May 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you, Akshay. I'm glad I was able to bring this piece of info to you.

  • magiceye
    2 May 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for these lovely sights!!

    • dNambiar
      2 May 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thank YOU. I'm so glad that these pictures caught your Magic Eyes. Thank you so much Deepak. 🙂

  • Rahul Bhatia
    2 May 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Besides being a visual delight your posts have so much knowledge! Really love the way you present!

    • dNambiar
      2 May 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Mr. Bhatia my palms found their way to my chest when I read your comment. Thank you so very much for those kind words. 🙂

  • Purba
    3 May 2012 at 7:12 am

    Cherry Blossoms is San Fransisco? Too bad I missed them!

    Lovely captures, btw.

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2012 at 4:35 am

      oh 🙁
      I think you'll find them in just about any Japanese Garden. Try to catch sight of some next spring.
      Thank you Purba. Nice to see you here.

  • Sujatha Sathya
    3 May 2012 at 8:48 am

    such pristine white! beautiful

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2012 at 4:36 am

      Aren't they so pretty? 🙂

  • Rupertt Wind
    3 May 2012 at 10:27 am

    Lovely pics! just one doubt! why is it called Japanese 'Tea' Garden? Do we really go down to a garden for a tea in japan!

    Cherry blossoms are always beautiful! they are breathtaking to watch! nice pics D!

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2012 at 4:43 am

      Thank you Mr. Wind. ;).
      Yes,Japanese gardens were supposed to have been a luxury at one point of time; I read that ages ago, these gardens(back in Japan) were not exactly open to the public and was mainly for the elite.
      But this Tea Garden here in SF, has been an initiative to showcase somethings Japanese. That includes a Japanese Tea House, where they still serve Japanese Tea. Isn't that cool.

    • Rupertt Wind
      5 May 2012 at 1:29 am

      Its an elaborate ritual to drink tea in Japan, you need a whole hour to drink it, courtesy "Memoirs of a Geisha"! They slowly brew the tea then the slowly pour the tea then they slowly drink the tea, It makes me quiet envious that they have all the time in the world to enjoy a cup of tea when we obviously in our hurry don't even enjoy our life!

      Now one important question! How was the tea? Good? I never had a Japanese tea the Japanese style! So?

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2012 at 12:00 am

      I didn't get to try it that day. But will do that some day and will let you know Mr. Wind.

  • Saru Singhal
    4 May 2012 at 2:09 am

    Beautiful and I just remember one thing about it, the shoe polish and the Charlie Chaplin Ad…

    Lovely shots and narration.

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2012 at 4:45 am

      You mean from the movie? I don't quite remember that :). It's been a while. I guess the only reason I remember the scenes with the Cherry blossoms was that that image had been etched in my mind. It was exactly how I imagined it to be. 🙂
      Thank you so much, Saru. 🙂

  • Kishan P
    4 May 2012 at 11:01 am

    The Japs do know the way of doing things right… and Im not just talking about Gardens.

    • dNambiar
      5 May 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I guess they do. 🙂

  • Roshan
    5 May 2012 at 10:22 am

    remember the scene from the movie… lovely pics.

    • dNambiar
      5 May 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Oh, that was such a beautiful scene. 🙂
      Thank you Roshan. Welcome here.

  • Deepu George V
    7 May 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hope you will be visiting again the Japanese Tea Garden before the harvest season when the cherry is red and ripe to cover those pictures.
    Great Photos D.Nambiar….
    and great descriptions…

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2012 at 1:44 am

      Thank you Deepu. I'd actually like to visit this place again in the fall. How about that 😉

  • Abhinav
    11 May 2012 at 4:51 am

    They are very beautiful 🙂
    The link between Japanese and Cherry is indeed new to me.
    Thank you so much for the post.

    • dNambiar
      11 May 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Abhinav. My pleasure 🙂
      Considering you do a lot of flower photography, these flowers would be such a treat for you. I hope you get to see them sometime soon.

    • dNambiar
      11 May 2012 at 11:38 pm
  • Rajyalakshmi Vathyam
    20 June 2012 at 3:42 pm

    lovely post Divya. I liked the images here, I am yet to visit one good Japanese garden, but this one surely looks awesome!

    • dNambiar
      20 June 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Raji. I hope you get to see one soon. The one in SF is a really old one so it has some history too. It's also well kept.

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