Dancing the Wheel: Hanami in Hamburg

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Bordüre m. 9 fünfblättrigen rosa-roten Blüten in 2 verschiedenen Schattierungen m. pinkfarbener Mitte in einer 3. Schattierung, dazwischen 9 grüne Blätter, alles verziert m. braunen Ornamenten. Erinnert an stilisierte japanische Kirschblüten. Weiter oben eine kleine Biene in gelb & braun. - #KBFHandcrafted_Cherry Blossoms Bordüre Lycr © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - A border with 9 five-petalled pink-red blossoms each in 2 different shades with a pink centre in a 3rd shade, in between 9 green leaves, everything adorned with brown ornaments. Reminiscent of stylised Japanese cherry blossoms. Further up, a small bee in yellow & brown.

Beauty in the Centre

On our street, the Japanese cherry-trees have been in blossom for a few days! They are standing on the central reservation of the four-lane main road on which our block of houses is located. We sometimes pass under them on our way to the park. Every year these trees delight me anew.

Unfortunately I cannot go down there at the moment, but I can see one of the trees from the kitchen window. This morning the morning sun had a very special angle of incidence and made only the flowers glow. It looked so beautiful!

Often the branches of said tree sway in the wind or in the breeze of passing cars. Sometimes it looks as if the tree is waving at me. Then I am rejoicing and waving back.

As far as I know, it was discovered some time ago that trees can be in contact with each other and their environment over long distances. It is therefore possible that they, like us, wave to their neighbours from time to time.

Bordüre m. 9 fünfblättrigen rosa-roten Blüten in 2 verschiedenen Schattierungen m. pinkfarbener Mitte in einer 3. Schattierung, dazwischen 9 grüne Blätter, alles verziert m. braunen Ornamenten. Erinnert an stilisierte japanische Kirschblüten. Mittig rechts ein kleiner violetter Schmetterling m. blauen Punkten & braunem Körper. - #KBFHandcrafted_Cherry Blossoms Bordüre Rycr © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - A border with 9 five-petalled pink-red blossoms each in 2 different shades with a pink centre in a 3rd shade, in between 9 green leaves, everything adorned with brown ornaments. Reminiscent of stylised Japanese cherry blossoms. In the middle on the right a small purple butterfly with blue dots & a brown body.

Intercultural Relations

Although I think I once read that the Japanese cherry-trees along our street were a gift from the city of Shanghai to the city of Hamburg – the two have been twinned since 1986 – I can no longer find this information anywhere.

Osaka and Hamburg have also been twinned since 1989. However, life in Hamburg has been enriched by an active Japanese community for much longer, which, among other things, has been organising the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival on Lake Alster since 1968.

When I was a child, there were several Japanese families living in my immediate neighbourhood with whom we maintained good contact. I found this to be a great enrichment at the time, because through them I not only learned some Japanese customs but also a lot about my own culture.

Once they even took us to the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival on Lake Alster. I remember that we watched the accompanying fireworks from an Alster steamer. These seats were very much in demand, at least at that time.

Neun kleine, fünfblättrige rosa-rote Blüten in zwei Schattierungen mit pinkem Zentrum in einer dritten Schattierung, umringt von acht grünen Blättern und umgeben von braunen Ornamenten, die an stilisierte japanische Kirschblüten erinnern. Auf rechtseitigem Ornament sitzt innen eine braune Schnecke mit violetten Punkten. - #KBFHandcrafted_Cherry Blossoms Cycrq690© Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Nine small, five-petalled pink-red flowers in two shades with a pink centre in a third shade, encircled by eight green leaves and surrounded by brown ornaments reminiscent of stylised Japanese cherry blossoms. A brown snail with purple dots sits on the right ornament inside.

Hanami – Sakura

The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is traditionally also called Hanami or Sakura. In Japan, the flowering of Japanese cherries starts as early as March, here, apart from some early varieties, it is usually rather late April/early May. The flowering period lasts about ten days and people go to visit the cherry trees at this time to sit by their trunks in their shade, celebrate spring, admire the beauty and contemplate the subjects of departure and transience. While Sakura, if I understand it correctly, describes the cherry blossom itself, the term Hanami refers to the celebration and viewing of the blossoms.

Inspiration

Besides their pure beauty, I find the blossoming of the cherry trees inspiring on many levels – every year anew. As I probably will not be able to take any photos this year, I have doodled a picture. The little snail is also quite in love with the beautiful blossoms.

A few years ago, I paid a very intensive visit to the blossoming cherries here on the road and a video resulted from the pictures – it also contains footage of a neighbouring blossoming magnolia:

Do you also have Japanese cherry-trees in your neighbourhood?
Do you visit them sometimes?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi
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