Time to Stand and Stare...

In Japan, celebrating the transient beauty of life is encapsulated by 'Hanami' - the beloved custom of honouring the cherry blossom trees as they spring into life. It can be as simple as a walk amongst the trees or a few moments reveling in the beauty of the blossoms.

Traditionally it includes a picnic set beneath the pink clouds of cherry tres; the elderly and children united in reverence for the fleeting transience of the bloosoms, which only last for two weeks. In the evenings special lanterns illuminate the blossoms against the dark sky - not a moent is lost of their fragile beauty.

Hanami can teach us so much about life - let us remember to regularly press pause and simply appreciate the precious gift of life and how we share it with the people we hold dear...

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