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Sakura
by Lloyd Miller & The Mike Johnson Quartet
Lloyd Miller is an American jazz musician and world music expert well known for his research work on Persian music and Afghan music. He can play 100 instruments in 15 jazz, ethnic and world music traditions.

This record, Jazz At The University of Utah, released in 1967, was a rare one, issued by East West Records in a run of just a few hundred copies. Recorded at The University Of Utah, it's a wonderful synthesis of the eastern and otherwise globally-inspired instrumentation Miller is known for.

Meanwhile, the cherry blossoms in Japan stretch further and further north, approaching full bloom in Sendai, the capital city in the Miyagi prefecture. Of course, as the sakura begin to bloom in the north, they must end in the south. Areas like Hiroshima and Tokyo, which were in full bloom just last week, report the end of the season now.
https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

The transience of the blossoms has often been associated with mortality and graceful and ready acceptance of destiny and karma. In Japan, cherry blossoms are an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of "mono no aware."

The phrase is derived from the Japanese word mono, which means "thing", and aware, which was a Heian period expression of measured surprise (similar to "ah" or "oh"), translating roughly as "pathos", "poignancy", "deep feeling", "sensitivity", or "awareness". Thus, "mono no aware" has frequently been translated as "the 'ahh-ness' of things", life, and love. Awareness of the transience of all things heightens appreciation of their beauty, and evokes a gentle sadness at their passing.
 
Posted: 14th April 2019
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