Today the Japanese Association in Stockholm had put together a celebration of sakura, that is, the cherry blossom. Cherry blossom season in Stockholm is the time when the city and its inhabitants sort of wake up from their winter hibernation and there are a lot of people (smiling ones even) walking the streets. This year has been colder than usual, so we actually had to wait for these lovelies to come into full bloom until late April. This place is usually crowded with people, so the photo shoot took place an early morning a few days ago in freezing temperatures. The things we do for that perfect picture right…
In Japanese aesthetics, the flower makes you observe the surroundings, but also brings along thoughts on life itself. The different stages of the bloom remind us of the transience of life, which in Japanese is known as mono no aware. As you know me this post could become a very long one where I’d be reflecting on life and what not, but instead I’ll just state that my reflection today consists of the following: Life is beautiful. I’m in a good place in life right now and there are even better things to come. It’s a joy to be alive, but I also know that life passes us by and before we know it (we sure didn’t think this in our early 20s) we’re sitting there in a rocking chair yelling at young people who behave rudely. That’s why I cherish each and every day nowadays and don’t take anything for granted.
As for my outfit I almost blend in with the trees with a bomber from Forever 21 to which I’ve added a basic white tee from Things To Appreciate and paired it with black jeans from Cheap Monday. That’s kind of me in a nutshell. Love a good basic, then add a twist to it.
And I know how much you like to see me smiling, so here’s an effort in doing just that, despite the cold and early morning this was shot during. Hope you all have been able to experience sakura and the emergence of spring and life itself. Now let’s bring on the warm temperatures, please.