Nature’s wonders disclose many profound truths. Cherry blossoms, or Sakura in Japanese, are one of her most eloquent marvels.
As these ethereal blooms begin to flower once again this spring, we might consider the wisdom they embody, especially in these self-centered times. Whether you are one of the millions of people who have thronged to the cherry blossom festivals in far-flung places like Washington, DC, Vancouver, and Tokyo or witnessed the blossoming and snowy fall of these exquisite flowers from a tree in your own backyard, you have probably been moved by their fleeting splendor. If we look deeper at the transcendence these blossoms evoke, we begin to understand the Sakura spirit that has captivated and inspired hearts since ancient times. Cherry blossoms have had a particularly telling impact on the hearts of the Japanese.
Sakura are the Japanese national flower and are engraved on 100-yen coins. They have come to symbolize the country as a whole because they embody Isagiyosa, a universal virtue that has been the mainstay of Japanese culture for centuries.
Symbolized by cherry blossoms, Isagiyosa translates as resolute composure and is bound to other virtues such as purity, bravery, loyalty, diligence, and steadiness. Like any virtue, Isagiyosa never goes untested. However, today’s materialistic world is testing it more than ever before, so it would behoove us to contemplate the cherry blossoms this spring to see what guidance their spirit may offer. The Spirit of Cherry Blossoms: IsagiyosaPurity, bravery, justice, good looser, and no attachment are all English translations of Isagiyosa.
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