“Each night we drank sake together, hundreds of young men in uniform. We wrote poems about cherry blossoms and recited them. How brief is that beautiful moment of the blossoms—that is what all the poems said.” – from A Floating Life by Tad Crawford (Chapter 30)
This photograph of cherry blossoms was taken at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Link: http://www.bbg.org/discover/cherries. Cherry blossoms have played and continue to play an important role in Japanese culture.