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Cherry blossom season April 2020

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

"The blossoms seem unusually lovely this year. There were none of the scarlet-and-white-striped curtains that are set up among the blossoming trees so invariably that one has to come to think of them as the attire of cherry blossoms; there were no bustling tea-stalls, no holiday crowds of flower-viewers, no one hawking balloons and toy windmills; instead there were only the cherry trees blossoming undisturbed among the evergreens, making one feel as though he were seeing the naked bodies of the blossoms. Nature's free bounty and useless extravagance had never appeared so fantastically beautiful as it did this spring. I had an uncomfortable suspicion that Nature had come to reconquer the earth for herself."

- Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask

2020 is the 50th anniversary year of Yukio Mishima's death and I am currently writing a play, The Damask Drum, that will serve as a eulogy to his genius as a writer.

Photograph taken in Green Park on April 18th 2019.

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