Spring Rain in Ueno Park By Hasui Kawase: Painting and Meditation

March 29, 2021  • Brianna Curran

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In Japan and Washington, DC, spring time means cherry blossoms. A brief cloudlike bloom of soft pink and white bursts all at once through the trees, petals drifting to the ground in a matter of days. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the transience of life – this brief time of magical fluorescence before awaiting another year to emerge. How do you embrace the transience of life? How do you allow yourself to fully experience joy? In Kawase’s piece, what do you make of the rain amongst the blossoms? How can you make the most of all that life’s springtime has to offer?

Brianna Curran

Washington, DC