FILE - In this March 23, 2011 file photo, a tsunami survivor walks through a street flanked by the rubble of houses destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, ... more 
FILE - In this March 23, 2011 file photo, a tsunami survivor walks through a street flanked by the rubble of houses destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. 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 Shizuo Kambayashi, File
Sat, Mar 26, 2011 10:18 AM EDT