Thursday Thank You

Thursday Thank You

2011 Festival Poster

2011 Festival Poster

… to the Japanese for giving us the 3,000 beautiful flowering cherry trees that grace Washington, D.C. in honor of the enduring friendship between our two countries.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival opened last weekend and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Japan.  According to Buddhist tradition, the revered “sakura” symbolizes the fleeting nature of life…

Sensational Sakura

Sensational Sakura

Live in simple faith…
Just as this simple cherry,
Flower, fades and falls.

Haiku by Issa

Memories and Memorials

Memories and Memorials

P.S.  Please take a moment today to be thankful.

Photos via National Cherry Blossom Festival, ABC News and Daily News

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  • Reply quintessence March 31, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Lovely thought and poem. And the Cherry Blossoms are such an integral part of the Washington landscape, it’s easy to forget where they originally came from!! I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know that’s what sakura meant – love learning something new!!

  • Reply pve March 31, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Just yesterday a friend and I were reminding one another that spring cherry blossoms fill our world with hope for which we are thankful for. Lovely sentiment especially during this time where we really must give thanks for how good life is for some and how incredibly painful it can be for others. Blossoms give each of us something good and pretty….now my son with spring allergies would beg to differ! Aachoo.

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita March 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    what a beautiful post! My lucky sister is going to be down in DC this coming week. She gets to see all that loveliness in person.

  • Reply Stitchfork March 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Many things to be thankful for!
    A Thursday Thank You to you for being here every day!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply The Zhush March 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Beautiful….thank YOU!:)

  • Reply pretty pink tulips March 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    This year, above all others, those beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms will mean more to me. One of my favorite flowering branches.

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources March 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I love the cherry blossoms and so poignant this year! xx

  • Reply hamptontoes March 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    You have me dreaming of spring/summer again! The Cherry Blossom Festival is so amazing! The snow we are supposed to get tonight has me wishing I was on vacation.

  • Reply claudia lane March 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Beautiful…one of my favourite trees…Thanks for reminding us about their origins, as someone else said it’s often easy to forget and sometimes even know (if you are abroad) where they came from.
    Have a great friday xo

  • Reply abby jenkins April 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    With each spring comes renewal and rebirth, we can only hope and pray that Japan gets that tenfold, and soon. I am so thankful, thankful for this post.

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