FILE - In this March 20, 2011 file photo, a traditional Japanese sandal, worn with formal kimono dress, lies in the rubble in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan. ... more 
FILE - In this March 20, 2011 file photo, a traditional Japanese sandal, worn with formal kimono dress, lies in the rubble in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan. Even in normal times, the flowers are a cause for rejoicing tinged with sadness, because they fall at the moment of their greatest beauty. They are the embodiment of a notion that is central to Japanese culture - "hakanasa," a hard-to-translate word that conveys the fragility, or evanescence, of life. In this time of national grieving, the cherry blossoms will bring home the awareness of hakanasa with a strange kind of force, one that doesn't strike but sinks into the soul like heat from a hot spring or fire from a sake bottle, bringing sorrow and solace in equal measure. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By David Guttenfelder, File
Sat, Mar 26, 2011 11:16 AM EDT