闇夜桜月 やみよおうげつ-Dark Night / cherry tree and the moon 2016

桜の樹の下には屍体が埋まっている! 
これは信じていいことなんだよ。何故って、桜の花があんなにも見事に咲くなんて信じられないことじゃないか。俺はあの美しさが信じられないので、この二三日不安だった。
しかしいま、やっとわかるときが来た。桜の樹の下には屍体が埋まっている。これは信じていいことだ。「桜の樹の下には(梶井基次郎)より引用」


Cherry blossoms carry great cultural meaning and significance for the people of Japan. - Dead bodies are buried beneath the cherry trees!-

This is the opening line of a short story entitled ;Under the Cherry Blossoms”, by Motojiro Kajii.
It is these corpses which he claims explain the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms.
Whether this is true or not, everyone in Japan has heard this saying, and so cherry blossoms, particularly at night, are not just beautiful but are also considered to have an eerie quality to them.

Another association often made with cherry blossoms is a sense of transience. Once in full bloom, they seldom last more than a week.
Their beauty and impermanence are often used as a metaphor to praise the Samurai’s way of life and to symbolize the transience of life, which people have appreciated since ancient times.

Kajii’s story illustrates how cherry blossoms, feeding on the corpses buried beneath them, flourish, bloom, fall, and finally return to the soil.
It represents, I believe, the cycle of life and this is why the scattering of cherry blossoms in the wind is closely associated with death in Japanese people’s minds.

I wanted to harness the powerful imagery of the cherry blossom in my new series to portray the mysterious and ephemeral quality of women.
Echoing the cultural significance and aesthetic sensitivity that cherry blossoms evoke, my model blossoms and fades beautifully, allowing me to best capture and reflect the femininity in a tasteful manner.