Monday, April 21, 2008

Japan Fan #1: "Deconstructing Sakura"

"Deconstructing Sakura"

Sakura, or cherry blossoms -- a major image of Japan. Tom asks his Japanese friends and his fellow foreigners, newbies & experienced hands alike, what Sakura's all about. Does it represent the ephemeral nature of life? Does it symbolize rebirth? New opportunities? Or is the viewing of cherry blossoms just an excuse to get drunk?

Muse upon these questions as you listen to the very first JAPAN FAN program. Don't expect any deep insights, just some entertaining fumbling about.