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Sakura, sakura, sakura (Cherry, Cherry, Cherry)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.186

  • Title (object)

    • Sakura, sakura, sakura (Cherry, Cherry, Cherry)
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. 120 photographic plates. Text in Japanese and English. Signed copy.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1990
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    A quintessentially Japanese theme: The cherry-blossom is difficult to photograph. Its beauty lies not so much in the individual blossom as in the texture and the density of the mass of blossoms on the tree. It is difficult to catch the peak of the blossom the moment before a gust of wind swipes the blossoms to the ground. But then, even the sight of the carpet of fallen petals on a lake or a path is beautiful. The cherry-blossom is national news in Japan: Every year the progress of the flowering from the south to the north is followed and commented on. People congregate under the blooming trees, sing, dance, and get drunk. One cannot fail to be moved by this spectacle. Tomatsu spent twelve years travelling throughout Japan in search of the perfect shot. A reduced version of this book was published under the title 'Sakura 66' in the same year. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.186

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.183 (Photobook number)

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