“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
During our travel in Japan, we learnt many things about the Japanese and their culture. We saw, how in spring the Japanese celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom viewing festival called Hanami, when everyone joins in to share food and sake beneath gorgeous cherry blossom trees to appreciate nature during the short-lived flowering season. In summer, apparently, during the Tanabata or the star festival, they send wishes to the Gods on Bamboo trees. In autumn, they hike up to the mountains to enjoy the cascades of the momiji leaves. Obviously, trees hold a very special significance in the lives of the Japanese.
We learnt from a local friend that of the many seasonal trees, the winter pines especially, are considered meaningful as they bear a very strong spiritual and cultural significance for the people. Kadomatsu, made of bundled pine branches are used to make traditional new year celebrations, to especially attract prosperity. The Shinto beliefs suggest that the Gods use the branches of pine trees to descend to earth, and therefore many of their spirits reside within them. Interestingly, in the grounds of every Shinto shrine, we found at least one pine tree.
Sharing today is one more from our travel collection—a gorgeous pine tree spotted in Nara, Japan.
Joining Parul today for #thursdaytreelove which is a photo feature on her blog that brings you beautiful trees from different places every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her post.