"In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger." ~ Kobayashi Issa
Springtime gives birth to the Cherry Blossom or "Sakura" in Japan and around the world. A fragile and beautiful flower that has, for generations, come to symbolize the transience of life because of her short blooming time. The sumurai celebrated her falling blossoms as metaphors for fallen warriors who died bravely in battle and in China the cherry blossom is known as a symbol of feminine beauty and love. Fragile, beautiful and brave but destined to flower for only a short time - the cherry blossom or "Sakura" sings to the soldier, the salesperson and the soul. Japanese mythology often also connects cherry blossoms with death; a legend goes that originally, the flowers of the tree were white and then after a body was buried beneath it, the petals turned pink. But why salespersons? - Well the cherry is known to symbolize education and learning. If sales, or indeed life, is about anything it is about learning. Sakura - The Cherry Blossom - evokes both the "new beginning" of spring and the transient passing from one stage of life to another. Life and the Cherry Blossom ~ Learning and Beauty ~ Sakura, Soldiers & Sales ~ I Can See It ~ Can You?