As a sakura that would hang ever to its branch without relinquishing, as silly would we look, never wrinkling.

Atsushi Takenouchi performs a hanami dance.  (JINEN Butoh)

Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom, and hanami, literally flower-viewing, generally refers to viewing of cherry blossoms and, more famously, to the frolicking that goes on underneath them.

Recently the powerful origin of the word sakura was revealed to me by a friend, making, as Japanese language etymology usually does, my heart beat a little bit faster.  Sa-kura, whose blooming heralds the coming of the sacred rice-planting season, would have originally held the meaning of divine seat of the god, or, storehouse of divine energy.

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