THE SAKURA OBSESSIONASIAN ART MUSEUM
The incredible—and improbable—story of how an English eccentric saved Japan’s beloved cherry blossoms from extinction.
Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907. So taken was he with the plant, he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England, where he created a garden of cherry varieties. In 1926, he learned that the Great White Cherry had become extinct in Japan. Six years later, he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans-Siberian Express. In the years that followed, Ingram sent more than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe, from Auckland to Washington. As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, The Sakura Obsession follows the flower from its significance as a symbol of the imperial court, through the dark days of the Second World War, and up to the present-day worldwide fascination with this iconic blossom.
- Author: Naoko Abe
- Published 2020
- 416 pages, softcover
- 8 X 5.2 inches