Human Flower Project

Miharu Takizakura ~ Another April

The pride of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, is a 1000 year old weeping cherry tree. Its bloom this spring was a lesson in endurance, documented on film.


Miharu Takizakura, a weeping cherry tree (Prunus pendula) has survived over 1000 years; it grows less than 30 miles

from the Fukushima Nuclear facility.

Photo: hidebo

Our friend Masashi Yamaguchi writes:

A former student of my father’s old school(high school) joined a project to shoot a movie on Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima. She asked my father to spread this news and I think you might be interested.

Miharu Takizakura is one of the three biggest cherry blossom trees in Japan. The tree is more than 1000 years old and it bloomed this year too and then made the local people happy although it is located only 49 km (29 miles) from Fukushima Nuclear Plants.

Miharu is a name of the city, Takizakura means “waterfall cherry blossom” since it is a creeping type cultivar.

The leader of this project, Ayako Imaizumi, born in Fukushima Prefecture, is a Japanese movie director. She thought of making a movie on Miharu Takizakura to show the innocent power of nature to the people around the world. She also wanted to encourage the Japanese, especially the people living in Fukushima.

Miharu Takizakura is the pride of Fukushima. Could you check the youtube link below?

The members of this project opened their own page and uploaded the movie with English subs. They are planning to hold a slide show event all over Japan.

Many thanks and best wishes,



Miharu Takizakura was severely damaged in 2005, and stands on crutches.

Photo: Nemo’s Great Uncle

And many thanks to you, Masashi, for alerting us to this profound Human Flower Project. Miharu Takizakura, its century old limbs propped up with crutches, put on a magnificent show this April, one month after the tsunami. Imagine what was on the minds of the thousands of admirers this spring.

We urge everyone to watch this quiet tribute to endurance and beauty. It closes with the simple expression of faithfulness: “Fukushima is our home.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 05:37 PM


Thank you Julie and Masashi for posting this beautiful and very moving video.  I greatly respect the love and appreciation the Japanese have for the old souls of this world, just as I love and appreciate the old souls I work with almost every day.

See you in a week Julie!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01 at 05:07 PM

Dear Ann,

Thank you so much for reading, watching, responding. Seems to me that people generally gravitate to those young or those older. I’m with you, an elder fan!

Can’t wait to see you and the Class of ‘71 folks in Louisville!


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02 at 10:16 AM

Dear Julie, thank you so much for putting this news on your site. You kindly revised my poor English sentences and made such a moving news! My father too have appreciated this article and says thanks to you. I printed out this article and passed it to the old student of my father’s school. Dear Ann, thank you so much for your kind comments I am happy you have enjoyed the video!
Love & Peace, Masashi

Posted by Masashi on 07/06 at 10:34 AM
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