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Purity Blossoms

Purity Blossoms
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Beautiful red cherry blossoms explode in full bloom against a white and pink background in this amazing Chinese wall fan. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan and holds a sacred place in the hearts of many Asian countries. In Japan they symbolize the clouds because of their propensity to bloom all at once. The cherry blossom is also associated with the ephemeral side of life, as they bloom, die and then bloom again. This association also ties in strongly with Buddhism, as the Buddhists view life cycles in the same way. It is not uncommon for Zen Buddhist monasteries to be flanked by multiple cherry blossom trees. Due to these reasons, and for its alluring beauty, the cherry blossom has been the feature of all kinds of art work, film, anime and manga. As would be expected, Japan grows a wide variety of cherry blossoms, also known as the sakura. There are well over 200 cultivars of the cherry blossom in Japan alone. The most popular variety is called the Somei Yoshino. April is typically the month when the cherry blossom trees begin to flower. Festivals are held all over the country to usher in the new season. The most widely known festival is called Hanami (flower viewing) and thousands of people flock to parks simply to view the flowering sakura trees. Often parties will be held under the trees until the late hours of the night. It is at this time (April) that school children begin their new semesters and businesses start their new year. Today the cherry blossom is viewed as a symbol of beauty and purity by almost every culture in the world. Women tattoo it on their bodies, films such as the Last Samurai feature it, and it is a popular theme on women's clothing. The white background of this fan symbolizes purity and creates a magnificent contrast to the pink cherry blossom design. Hang this gorgeous Asian wall fan in your home for a superb decorative touch.

$39.95
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Dimensions35" height x 60" width
MaterialThick paper canvas on bamboo frame
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All I can say is wow! The fan is gorgeous. Great work. Beautifully done. Wow!
    Kimberly, Florida

All things have a story...

The Japanese have a custom that extends back hundreds of years. It is called ?hanami? and it literally means ?flower viewing.? Every year from late March to early May, Japanese people from all over the country flock to parks to witness the blooming of cherry blossom flowers and the ume blossom. Cherry blossom flowers are also known as ?sakura? and often blossom for just a week or two. The beautiful pink flowers can be seen all over Japan during this time and parties are held under the trees in the daytime and at night. The custom of celebrating the sakuras at night is called ?yozakura? and often paper lanterns are hung from the trees for lighting.

The custom of hanami started in the Nara Period, about 1,300 years ago. It was at this time that China, under the Chinese Tang Dynasty, had a great influence on Japan. The Japanese tradition of enjoying and appreciating beautiful flowers was influenced directly by the Chinese. When hanami first began, the ume blossoms attracted the most attention, but soon after the cherry blossom trees, or sakuras, began to steal away the attention. In Japan, the sakura were so admired and revered that people believed that divinity existed in the trees and they knelt at the low of the tree, making offerings to the roots. Sake was often drunk at these offerings. The great emperor, Saga, of the Heian Period, promulgated hanami and his court held flower-viewing parties under the cherry blossoms with huge feasts provided and plenty of saki.

Artists began to paint the sakuras in tribute to their beauty and poets wrote poems about them. The cherry blossoms were often mentioned in haikus and the cherry blossom flower was seen as a metaphor for life itself, such was the brief and transient existence of it. Today sakuras and ume blossoms continue to delight and dazzle people from all over the globe. It is worth a trip to see them bloom in the spring. The importance of the cherry blossom was not lost on the Samurai or on Hollywood. In the 2003 movie The Last Samurai, the head Samurai, Katsumoto, said, ?The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.? As he lay dying on the battlefield towards the end of the movie, he looked up a cherry blossom tree in full bloom and uttered his last words, ?perfect, they...are all...perfect.?




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