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Spring is Pink

Written on April 4, 2011

In Japan, the spring season is synonymous with cherry blossoms, or sakura.   And pink is a color associated with spring.
Sakura are a magnificently elusive color: the cherry blooms are the palest possible shade of pink.  They are a pink that is almost white–and it is this delicacy of color that lends elegance and refinement to an already beautiful flower.When seen in abundance, sakura are spellbinding.  For me, it is the color–that bright, pale, almost-non-color that is, well, pink–which is pure magic.To evoke the color of spring, today I am showing some pieces of benibana or safflower dyed hemp that are placed in a repaired Korean bowl which sits on a lacquer maker’s wooden shelves.The rolled textile in the center of the group is a north eastern Japanese shibori; the two other pieces are very faded fragments that, to me, capture something of the delicacy of the sakura.Spring is here.  Let’s enjoy it.

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  1. Comment by Angela:

    Good morning, on the street where I live Sakura Zaka Tokyo, I can tell you that the sakura (cherry blossom) is breaking out this week and the colours are spectacular. After living here for a little over 2 years, I think that my love of the blossoms has too blossomed, I find myself standing beneath their beckoning branches staring heavenward. During these sad and yes, still scary and very emotional times, the sakura comforts me, embraces me, gives me a comforting hug. They are a sign, a sign of peace and hope and rebirth and renewal. Enjoy! A big hug from Tokyo – Angela x

    April 4, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  2. Comment by deanna7trees:

    beautiful cloth.

    April 4, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  3. Comment by velma Bolyard:

    so pink, and still and more, so beautiful

    April 4, 2011 @ 8:09 pm