Cherry Blossom – metophor of life, symbol of Japanese Spirit
The life of cherry blossoms is short, it blooms gloriously , and it scatters in a splendid way. It is almost like a life - "Beautiful but short" - and everything is "Transitional" and "doesn't last forever". These sensation is called as "Mono no Aware (もののあわれ）" and "Mujo （無常) "Japanese people sense these feeling intensely through skin when they see cherry blossom , and this is why Cherry Blossom is loved by us. - "impermanence"
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The sense of Monono Aware (もののあわれ）and Mu-jo（無常) - to sense "everything is impermanent" is similar to Satori (悟り), Enlightenment feeling of Buddhism and those senses are printed in DNA of Japanese people deeply.
When we see cherry blossom, we feel we'd like to live beautifully and DIE in a magnificent way like this, and to DIE in a magnificent way is very important - "Ruined aesthetics” (滅びの美学) Things are beautiful because it has end.
Bushido (武士道) is a philosophy that symbolizes how the samurai lives, and I feel that "Ruined aesthetics" underlies in Bushido. live beautifully and die in a magnificent way -supreme way to live a life - and this is why Samurai keep trained themselves in everyday life, even when there were no battle - and this is why They chose to make seppuku (切腹)- die in honorable way (誇りある死) by perfoming Hara-kiri, they respect their spirit (魂) more than anything.
Yes, Cherry blossom symbolizes Japanese Spirit.
When you see the beautiful and gorgeous cherry blossoms and the beautifully scattering cherry blossoms, please feel our way of Life, Understanding of Life and surrendering "生命への理解と服従" - Monono aware and Mujo - which is the essence of Japanese culture and people.