Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 - The Shoes


Saturday I dropped by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the Japan-America Society of Alabama's annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  Today and in the days to come, I will share some images with you. Today's photograph was taken just outside the tearoom where a tea ceremony was in progress.  A reminder of the extreme loss that many of the participants are feeling and thoughts of the people of Japan.

13 comments:

Olivier said...

une tres belle composition, et j'aime le choix b&w

Naturedigital said...

Every day we are thinking of the suffering people in Japan.
Have a great day Virginia.
Costas

Thérèse said...

Such a delicate way to think of the Japanese people.

Project 27 said...

We showed up Saturday to photograph some friends and had no idea this was going on, what a treat! We watched part of the tea ceremony, I must have walked right by you hehe!

Daryl said...

We were watching the news the other night covering the destruction left by the quake/tsumani and I said to Toonman.. 'Amazingly there are no looters' .. then in the Sunday Times Week in Review one of the political cartoons they featured said the same.
Not sure what this has to do with your photo but it reminded me of how gracious, gentle and unlike Americans the Japanese are.

TheChieftess said...

A lovely photograph...but are you sure that's not a photo of my closet??? Oh! Never mind...I had to put all my flip flops away when we moved up here!!!

Descanso Gardens in La Canada also has a lovely tea room and I believe they do the tea ceremonies there as well...a lovely tradition!

TheChieftess said...

PS...GORGEOUS banner photo!!

JM said...

I absolutely LOVE this composition! What a fantastic image, V., great work indeed!

Malyss said...

A beautyful reminder, and a fabulous shot!What a great picture!

Leif Hagen said...

At first, I thought you pulled a photo from Japan out of your archives! Brings back many memories of my days teaching public high school English in Gifu Prefecture!
Sayonara

Bob Crowe said...

You got some of those two-toed Japanese socks to go with the sandals?

Halcyon said...

This must have been a fun event. Can't wait to see more!

jb said...

What was that about "No shirt, no shoes, no service"....?