Cherry blossom season is regretfully short. It takes one week for the flowers to bloom and then another week for them to fall from the branches
A light wind is already taking some of the petals off the trees and scattering them on the ground. The short sakura season is such a spiritual time for the Japanese, it symbolizes the ephemeral nature of life - brief and fleeting. During WWII, Kamikazi pilots painted sakura flowers on the side of their planes, the falling petals mirroring their own suicidal dives - the young pilot's lives just as brief and fleeting.
Walking underneath the torii gates and up towards the temple
Yutoku Inari Shrine across a narrow river