Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Photography Exhibition
Tuesday, March 26th - Saturday, April 27th
Every spring, 3,800 Cherry Blossom trees turn the city of Washington, DC the most beautiful shade of pink. These trees were gifted from Japan in 1912 and in the one hundred years since, the Cherry Blossom trees have firmly rooted themselves into the fields of the capital city, becoming an everlasting symbol of the friendship between the two countries.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, Cherry Blossom Festivals are held around the country every year. Among many related events during the festivals, one may have a chance to see the Cherry Blossom Princess or Queen. In her role as an ambassador of friendship between the U.S. and Japan, she often represents a symbol of the Cherry Blossom beyond the physical trees; a symbol of our friendship over the past 100 years.
Many Americans associate the Cherry Blossom with its Japanese word “Sakura,” with the country of Japan. For many Japanese people, Sakura unquestionably represents the Japanese culture and some believe it to also be a significant representation of Japan overall.
After a long, cold winter, the elegant pale color of pink blooms from trees across the country for only a week to help signify spring is here before the flowers of the Cherry Blossom cover the ground below. Many Japanese read poems about Mono no aware, a Japanese philosophy regarding our awareness of the impermanence of things, such as the coming and going of Cherry Blossoms over a short period of time, and the appreciation we feel in those brief moments.
You may find Cherry Blossom trees everywhere in Japan; many trees in long rows with high density or a single ancient tree standing alone. The Japanese people are deeply attached to these splendors of nature and all that they represent. While it may be difficult to find these trees in Southern California, we hope this exhibition will give you a moment to enjoy a variety of Hanami or Cherry Blossom viewings from all over Japan, here at JFLA.
This is a free exhibit and no reservation is required. If you are coming in a large group of 10 or more, please contact us beforehand to let us know.
Tuesday: 12pm to 7pm
Wednesday: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 12pm to 7pm
Friday: 12pm to 4pm
Saturday 4/13 & 4/27: 12pm to 4:30pm
Street parking is available near JFLA: http://www.jflalc.org/about-us.html#parking.