THE STORY OF "A NEW BEGINNING"
The air of dawn was crisp, springing with the scent of blossoming flowers and excitement. Life begins anew this time of year. A place longing for light, shedding darkness, awakening to a new phase of life — a place full of the joys of occasion and opportunity.
In their native Japan, cherry blossoms are seen as a symbol of such new beginnings. On this late March morning, the monumentous University of Washington quad — artfully lined with blooming cherry trees — would soon trade the solitary peacefulness of dawn with a festival-style gathering of enamored blossom connoisseurs, an annual celebration of beginning anew. Yes, it is the season to be jubilant.
They all celebrate hanami, “flower viewing” — a centuries-old Japanese tradition of gathering with friends and family to admire the cherry blossoms. Soon, friends and family will gather here once more, to celebrate yet another joyous transition: the commencement of the graduating class, a leap toward the life of their dreams, coinciding with the blooming blossoms — nature’s nod to the beauty of their new beginning.
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