(Video link here.) Depending on where you live, cherry blossom season is either approaching, in process, or in full astonishing bloom. In a week or two it will all be over. The teeny video shows just what is happening as we go on about our busy lives.

It only takes a moment to STOP and take it the fabulous blossoms as we walk by…

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…and to really see the wonder that’s occurring.

We keep in mind our favorite haiku written by Kobayashi Issa in the18th century:

What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.


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This year, we stopped for a moment to look closely at a cluster of blossoms…


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…And then into a single one. How many thousands of blossoms make up a tree in bloom?


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In the cherry blossom’s shade
there’s no such thing
as a stranger

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