A colourful series of illustrations featuring the national flower of Japan, the cherry blossom. Also called Sakura, the cherry blossom tree represents a time of renewal and optimism. The pops of pink mark the ending of winter and signify the beginning of spring. They're loved for their delicate blossoms, which the Japanese celebrate each spring with parties and picnics among the trees, and are planted in public parks all over the country. Due to their quick blooming season, cherry blossoms also symbolize the transience of life, a major theme in Buddhism.