Dopo che abbiamo bevuto assieme, amici cari
facendo galleggiare fiori dei susini nei nostri calici,
non mi importa se quelli dell'albero non vi sono più.
- Man'yōshū -
After having drunk together, dear friends of mine,
letting floating the plum-tree flowers into our glasses,
I don't mind if the ones on the trees aren't there anymore.
(Translation of mine)
If you live in a Northern Italy small town on the mountains, you might miss the cherry blossom season you have admired in Tokyo once. This is why I blew the dust off a book about Ikebana and tried to recreate a kind of indoor hanami putting together some blossomed branches from my favourite trees of the garden.
Plum-tree: that most resembling a cherry one
Pyrus: my favourite pinky short-lived flowers tree
Magnolia: for an Asian touch of spring