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Sensitive Samurai
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Tree limbs flush with cherry blossoms on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo would have attracted a crowd of samurai in the days when they swaggered through the capital as members of the ruling class. Samurai leaders threw large cherry blossom viewing parties in spring to show off their cultured ways. Japanese warriors identified with the cherry blossom because it fell at the moment of its greatest beauty, an ideal death for the samurai.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1V
Film Type:  Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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