When I was a young harpist in Junior High School, my orchestra teacher brought back music for me from Japan — Variations on Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), a traditional Japanese folk song depicting spring, the season of cherry blossoms. I loved playing the music. Here are the lyrics.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, In fields and villages, As far as you can see. Is it a mist, or clouds? Fragrant in the morning sun. Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, Across the spring sky, As far as you can see. Is it a mist, or clouds? Fragrant in the air. Come now, come now, Let’s look, at last!

 I loved stitching the strolling lady with the parasol.

Carolyn Hedge Baird suggested a giant spider for the parasol and the flower pattern for the sky that reminds me of cherry blossoms, hence the name for the piece.

The obi is a piece of wired ribbon. The Ribbon Floss Shimmer Blend/Ribbon Floss Original makes a lovely border. I haven’t decided how best to finish it. Perhaps it will be framed, in tandem with a mirror.

Painted on 18 count canvas, it measures approximately 6″ x 8 1/2”.

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