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Every spring in Japan, people crowd under blooming cherry trees. They're signs of spring, but they're also remembrances of life's transience.
Master gardener Sadafumi Uchiyama says the blossoms are the quintessential representation of the Japanese principle of mono no aware... beauty in the intertwining of life and death.
Check out Karl Jenkins' Requiem which incorporates Eastern sensitivity by putting death haikus to music sandwiched between traditional western Latin liturgy put to very beautiful and accessible music. http://www.karljenkins.com/video/view/karl-jenkins-requiem-interview-2
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