Ever wondered about the seasonal celebrations at Tenshi no Sato? Patrons of Tenshi no Sato in Japan enjoy special dates for flower viewing, haname (花見), delicious themed snacks for humans and even delicately scaled and lovingly created props for beloved dolls. Yet there’s so much more meaning behind these celebrations to inspire us to take our own love and celebration of Super Dollfie to the next level. Let us once again live the beautiful, magical Super Dollfie lifestyle vicariously through the beauty of the Tenshi no Sato blog!
Today’s topic is hanami or “flower viewing”. Hanami is a centuries old practice that began in ancient times -the Nara period (710–794)- with plum blossom viewing or umemi (梅見,) and later evolved into sakura viewing by the Heian period (794–1185). Though umemi flower viewing is still practiced by the older generation, it is more common to find people participating in sakura viewing during the spring season in Japan. The parties can vary from casual picnics under the blossoms to the most elaborate of events!
To plan such parties during a short window of time Japan utilizes the blossom forcast or 桜前線 sakura-zensen. The trees are carefully watched as the blooming cycle completes over a couple of weeks. To maximize the viewing time and atmosphere there are parties for flower viewing both in the daytime and in the lantern lit evening hours (yozakura (夜桜) depending upon your location. Below is a -completely unrelated to Volks- gorgeous video that takes you on a journey viewing blossoms from day into the night! You can really feel what the local celebrations are like~
Before we delve into the particularities of the springtime celebration at Tenshi no Sato, it’s also interesting to note that haname is only one small facet of the thematic quartet known as ‘The Four Seasons’. You’ll see this term mentioned in Volks event listings frequently as the season changes and in conjunction with different events and celebrations. Haruo Shirane explains in his book: Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons that the concept of the four seasons are as much a cultural construction built thematically within the arts of ancient times as well as a reflection of the physical world. In short: the embodiment and celebration of the natural world is central/integrated into the arts and practice of daily life.
Few celebrations can boast to be more romantic or culturally celebrated than blossom viewing so it is not particularly surprising that Volks hosts a special haname party at Tenshi no Sato to celebrate the season. There are a few highlights at Tenshi no Sato which are mentioned on their blog and really worth checking out, either virtually- or perhaps in person if you are very lucky.
(excerpts taken from Tenshi no Sato Blog post located here)
March 23 (Fri) – 25 (Monday), 2018 March
Saturday, March 30 – April 2 (Monday)
These flower viewing events are held simultaneously with the Tenshi no Sato Spring Festival. ※ Simultaneous holding of “Four Seasons Flower Association” from March 23rd to 25th
※ March 31st will be held “HT Dolpa Kyoto 15 After Event”
Please think of the following post as Volks’ very own 桜前線 sakura-zensen:
One of the highlights above is this gorgeous Sou Fenke cherry tree that is over one-hundred years old and near the gate to Tenshi no Sato. It appears the caption says it was hand planted by celebrated Japanese artist Takeuchi Seihō. It is quite amazing that one of the most influential masters of the modern nihonga (Japanese-style painting) planted this beautiful tree over a century ago. It makes me wonder about the historical significance on the land where Tenshi no Sato is built!
This is a detail from the tree above in all of its ephemeral, stunning glory.
This is a Momo -or peach- blossom in front of the Tenshi no Sato workshop getting ready to bloom.
Seasonal goodies are available for purchase during this ongoing celebration and I have included pictures of them throughout the post: an amazing “sakura Kyoto print carry bag collaboration” by seisuke88 x Tenshi no Sato, a special sakura incense, An amazing set of sakura themed sweets especially for that special dollfie in your life, and Sakura blossom tea and sweets for their human companions to enjoy under the blooms. This must surely be the best way to enjoy the ‘Super Dollfie Lifestyle’ in the spring~
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