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Japan - Fleeting Encounters



hana no kage

aka no tanin wa

nakari keri



In the shadow of the

cherry blossom

complete strangers

there are none



Kobayashi Issa (17621826)



Sakura or cherry blossom is intimately identified with Japanese culture. For centuries it has been an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and symbolises transience and nobility. During a journey through Japan, Stefan Boness captures the fleeting spirit of the Japanese spring and creates the melancholic portrait of a modern country with deeply engrained attachment to ancient rituals.
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