‘Hanami’ — or the process of enjoying sakura — is among Japan’s best-known traditions. Depending on the weather, blossoming can last up to several weeks, or just a few days. “Even a minor wind can dislodge sakura flowers, leaving the ground carpeted with white petals, reminding us of the transiency of life and beauty,” noted Irina Lampe, of the Hagakure Public Association of Oriental Culture and Traditions, speaking at the opening of the avenue.
The tradition may find its place in Belarus, especially as the avenue is symbolically located near the Victims of Chernobyl memorial and the Stone of Hiroshima’s Peace (located near the chapel honouring the Mother of God’s In Search of the Perishing icon).
The Deputy Emergency Minister, Gennady Lasuta, commented, “This event confirms our common radiation problems and adherence to openness for the international community in this sphere, as well as readiness to render all possible assistance to states which face similar challenges.” The Charge d’Affaires of Japan to Belarus, Takao Asamura, expressed hope that our sad experience would strengthen our countries’ aspiration to make the world more secure for future generations.
By Nadezhda Dementieva