Cherry blossom is very important to the Japanese; it is a symbol of hope and renewal that is linked with the Samurai. Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. The flowers (“hana”) are almost always cherry blossom (“sakura”).
The shape of the branches derives from the kanji characters for sakura (cherry blossom). The fluidity of the movements to draw these characters with traditional ink and brushes was also a factor in determining their shape.
A circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. This influenced the shape of the Kanjii ring and the flower bud stone settings.
SAMURAI SWORD - KATANA
The profile and tips of the branches were influenced by that of the Katana blade. As was the arc of the branches.
The graceful and fluid movements of the disciplined sword drills informed the Kanjii ring; the curves and crossing over branches are the paths of the sword.