Mankai-ya! April 16th 2008 Late March to early April in Japan is cherry blossom season, symbolic of the brevity but intense beauty of life. The fragile blossoms only last about a week or two long before falling.
mankai: full bloom
sakura: cherry blossoms, symbol of springtime in Japan
saku/saiteru: to bloom/are in bloom
~jo: added to the end of a name, meaning ... read more
Asia » Japan » Wakayama In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more