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Photo: Japanese women

Fleeting Flowers
Photograph by Eliza R. Scidmore, circa 1914

Framed by delicate cherry blossoms, these women are all smiles in early 20th-century Japan. As one of the country’s best-loved flowers, the short-lived cherry blossom symbolizes Japan’s aesthetic sense of hakanai, the ephemeral nature of life.


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