It was my good fortune to be invited to Japan in spring, when the famous cherry and peach blossoms cover the countryside and invade even the serene temple gardens which symbolize the eternal life of nature and of the spirit and banish all other bright-colored flowers. Perhaps they remind you there of the evanescence of life. But this is not the mood of the blossom-viewing parties and picnics which have been popular for ages, and immortalized by poets and painters. As the 17th century poet Basho says in one of his famous short poems or haiku which are the classical form of Japanese lyrical poetry
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