Cherry blossoms- SAKURA as they are called in Japanese, have been depicted for thousands of years in works of art from poetry to screen paintings, but in my first year living in Japan I didn't really know what to expect when the trees actually bloomed in early April. But the excitement became palpable as soon as the first buds began appearing in my city of Fukui. Soon the trees would resemble fluffy white clouds or cotton candy. They were impossibly beautiful, almost surreal. Canopies of perfect white and pink flowers invited us all in to take a moment to eat, drink, and laugh with friends and family. The joy and wonderment that these trees provide us with is truly remarkable- they are a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life, and they encourage us to slow down, smile, and forget about tomorrow. I walked around with my camera last year, and I've finally edited together some of the footage. Enjoy!

The music is by one of my favorite artists, Bonobo.

Filmed entirely in Fukui City, Japan, in 2013 using an Olympus OMD-EM5 and the Olympus 45mm 1.8 and Panasonic 20mm 1.7 lenses. Edited in Premiere Pro CC.

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