Cherry blossoms are an oft recurring motif in Japanese artistic and material culture, showing up frequently in poetry, design, and everyone’s favorite Japanese art form: woodblock prints. For example, in that apotheosis of Japanese culture, The Last Samurai, Ken Watanabe’s character is forever seeking the perfect cherry blossom. If you would like to know more about cherry blossoms, especially as they appear in woodblock prints, there’s a lecture this Saturday at the Norton Simon you should check out by Dr. Kendall Brown, a professor of Asian Art History at CSULB, which will trace the various kinds and uses of cherry prints. Some were of scientific import, for example. There’s a punchy concluding clause to the event description that you could read on the Norton Simon’s website, but you should probably just go hear the lecture and be surprised. No spoilers here, folks.
Eternal Transience: Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Saturday, April 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
The Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free with admission; nortonsimon.org