July 3, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Title: Hirosaki Castle, 1935
This print captures the cherry blossom season at its end as the cherry tree's blossoms start to fall. The combination between the transient blossoms and the seemingly intransient castle is a poetic reflection of the Buddhist principle of impermanence. Cherry blossom season lasts about two weeks.

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