Quake and blossoms: Japan’s reminder of mortality (AP) – 610th Edition

FILE - In this March 19, 2011 file photo, a wedding photo lies in the rubble in the devastated area in Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture. The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan. Even in normal times, the flowers are a cause for rejoicing tinged with sadness, because they fall at the moment of their greatest beauty. They are the embodiment of a notion that is central to Japanese culture - 'hakanasa,' a hard-to-translate word that conveys the fragility, or evanescence, of life. In this time of national grieving, the cherry blossoms will bring home the awareness of hakanasa with a strange kind of force, one that doesn't strike but sinks into the soul like heat from a hot spring or fire from a sake bottle, bringing sorrow and solace in equal measure. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)AP – The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan.

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