The flowering cherry tree, « Sakura », welcomes spring. The cherry blossom is an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. It reminds us that we must protect this very fragile existence which is granted to us. May the flowering of these trees bring healing this year to the nation’s people and land, and a nuclear-free Japan.
One hundred years ago, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, planted two Yoshino cherry trees in Wasington DC, part of a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States. Today, these two trees and thousands more grace the city’s spring. Let this be a message to the United States that it too must consider abandoning nuclear energy and protect the beauty and fragility of life.
|Cherry blossoms at Fukushima|
by Meris Michaels