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Sakura

 

I was very moved by an article I read a couple of weeks after the devastating Tsunami in Japan on 11th March 2011. The article was about the ‘Miharu-Takizakura’ cherry tree in Fukushima (a national treasure and one of only 3 in the country) which is over 1,000 years old. It survived the earthquake and tsunami and in a demonstration of resilience began to blossom. Despite it’s close proximity to the nuclear disaster area 60,000 people made a pilgrimage to see the tree in all its glory. The tree became an enormous beacon of hope at such a bleak time. Cherry trees have huge cultural and historical significance in Japan. ‘Sakura’ or cherry blossom is a symbol of hope of renewal while at the same time it acts as a reminder of how fragile life is. 10% of the profits from ‘Sakura’ will go to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami relief fund.