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N 13 B 139 C 2 E Oct 1, 1970 F Jun 13, 2024
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Throw back Thursday in Siracusa...:))

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I would think a geology enthusiast would have a fun time exploring these rocks...

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N 21 B 108 C 0 E Apr 4, 2024 F Jun 13, 2024
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Cherry blossoms hold many meanings, the first being that life is fleeting. They are beautiful to see in their prime, but the flowers and the trees are short-lived — blooming for only a few weeks before falling to the ground and withering away.

The sakura's meaning is also contradictory. It symbolizes both life and death, beauty and violence. As the coming of spring promises new life, so the blooming of cherry blossoms brings a sense of vitality and vibrancy. At the same time, their short lifespan is a reminder that life is fleeting.

You will often see cherry blossoms as a significant symbol in Japanese culture, including in paintings, film, poetry, and literature.
Historically, they represented the brief, but colorful life of the samurai, warriors of feudal Japan. They lived by a strict moral code of respect, honor, and discipline — called bushido. Their duty was to exemplify and preserve these virtues and to be fearless warriors even in the face of death. Fallen cherry blossoms or petals symbolized the end of the samurai’s short lives.

During World War II, kamikaze pilots also marked their planes with sakura before embarking on suicide missions. These emblems symbolized dying “like beautiful falling cherry petals for the emperor.”

In Japanese folk religions, cherry blossom trees often signified agricultural reproduction. Originally, sa referred to a rice paddy god, and kura meant “a seat for a god.” Japanese people believed cherry blossoms were dwelling places for mountain deities who transformed into the gods of rice paddies. Hence, people would travel to the mountains to worship the trees every spring.

The ritual of Hanami is a ceremony from Japan that celebrates the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms. It is commonly known as “flower viewing” and is simply the ancient practice of gazing upon the flowers.
In ancient times, farmers would pray, make offerings, and prepare a feast under the cherry blossom trees, believing it would bring an abundant harvest. These days, Hanami is an annual event everyone looks forward to. Come spring, family and friends gather for picnics and parties under the cherry blossom trees. They sing together, eat all kinds of food, and drink alcoholic beverages.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Rosales
Family:Rosaceae
Genus:Prunus
Subgenus:Prunus subg. Cerasus

Kōtoku-in (高徳院), Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

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N 31 B 121 C 5 E Feb 17, 2024 F Jun 13, 2024
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Gracias a todos por vuestra visita, amables comentarios y fav/ Thank you all for your visit, kind comments and fav.

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