Early sunset in Nara Park.
This is three hundred years old weeping cherry tree in Nara, which is named "Matabe" after a notable Samurai warrior. This magnificent cherry tree is bending its body and reaching out for the people. Its branches look like saving hands of one-thousand-handed Kannon Bodhisattva, Buddhist embodiment of mercy and compassion.
Villagers planted peach trees and rape blossoms around the tree
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most popular Sakura viewing spots in Kyoto. The main hall of the temple is famous for its platform projecting over the cliff. The hall is dedicated to the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva. As the platform is surrounded by the lit-up Sakura , it seems as if it is floating in the vast pink clouds. But personally I prefer viewing Sakura in the natural light to lit-up ones.
I especially love to view Sakura in early sunset. Against soft sunlight, the petals of Sakura start to twinkle and show elegant luster. The sunset at this time of the year is gently graceful.
The petals are on the nose. This adorable scenery pleasures to the eye.
Both famous and unknown Sakura are beautiful. No difference. People label them.
Nara-no-Yae-Zakura (eight-petaled Sakua) which are indigenous in Nara will be soon in full bloom. They are the last Sakura flowers to bloom in Nara. They are designated as the symbol flower of Nara city and prefecture.
Emblem of Nara city
The deer are going home and I also feel like going home.
This year for me Sakura trees look like Kannon Bodhisattva, Buddhist deity of compassion and mercy. Kannon transforms himself into 33 manifestations to save people in suffering. Maybe Sakura has been one of 33 manifestations. Just we didn't know it.
Thank you Sakura and Farewell Sakura.!!
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