Symbols - What does heaven look like

Cherry tree

The cherry tree itself does not have any specific symbolism outside that of all trees, however, the cherry blossom has a symbolic association in a number of countries – most notably Japan.  Its symbolism is subtle, being linked with the short lived nature of the blossoms and their rather ephemeral quality.

The symbolism is best expressed by the Japanese expression Mono no aware.   Literally translated this "an empathy toward things," or " sensitivity".  The word is derived from the Japanese word mono, which means "things" and aware, translating roughly as "deep feeling," or "sensitivity."   In Japan, the term also encompasses the awareness of the transience of things , the extreme beauty and quick death of the blossom has often been associated with mortality.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now - A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow


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