-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
This is my own sakura (a cherry tree). About half of the blossoms are in bloom now.
When Toemon Sano (佐野藤右衛, 1928-), a master gardener called "the cherry blossom guardian (桜守)" in Kyoto was asked what true cherry-blossom viewing is, he said, “at first, find your own sakura among native ones found in mountains and visit it every spring. A native sakura cannot always blossom because of an environmental condition in each year. If you have your own one, you’d care about it all through the year: you would worry about the amount of precipitation or a typhoon that might uproot your tree. That’s why you’ll be deeply impressed to see the tree in bloom with no problems, and you’ll notice its vitality. Viewing your sakura, look back the past year and identify your own life with the life of the tree. Then you’ll come to know how to see the natural world. The way I understand, that’s the true cherry-blossom viewing.”
What a cool story! What a cool granddad!
I saw him on the TV few years ago and heard the story, and then I chose this double-flowered cherry tree though it’s not autochthonous. On my everyday route to a subway station, it’s the only one sakura tree other than Yoshino cherry (the most popular one in present-day Japan).
Double-flowered cherry is later in blooming than Yoshino cherry, so mine blooms alone about this time of the year when people in Tokyo are starting to forget the cherry blossoms.
I'll just have to keep working like my tree.
Why don’t you find your own tree?
I think any kind of tree could be yours.
I found the same (more detailed) story in Japanese on Diners Card’s site and information about him in both Japanese and English on World Wide Fund for Nature’s site.