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: