Mono No Aware

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2009 // Medium Format // Japan

a photographic project by
Esther Johnson

supported by
Arts Council England

‘The Samurai of Japan is like the cherry, which blossoms and dies so suddenly and so beautifully.’
– Japanese poem

Following the spring bloom of cherry blossoms in Japan, Mono No Aware is a photographic insight into the annual get-togethers during this extraordinary season. The blossoms’ moment of resplendence is surprisingly short, lasting only a couple of days, and within a week they have faded. ‘Hanami’ gatherings underneath blossom trees (known as ‘Sakura’), are a mixture of meditation, ritual and beauty; a time to open the highest quality bottle of sake.