Words by Jessica Peace
‘Hanami’ is Japan’s festival celebrating the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossom (sakura), and reminding themselves of ‘mono no aware’ - that nothing lasts forever mate.
“Like a young soldier, cherry blossom is the first to appear and, sadly, the first to fall”, said the lovers, East London royalty and ‘Art for All’ artists, Gilbert & George regarding their series, ’Cherry Blossom’ (1974).‘I don't want to be shy / Can't stand it anymore / I just want to say 'Hi' / To the one I love Cherry blossom girl…’ - but in a sexier French accent. Ummmm. Air’s ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ (2004).