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This cherry blossom is from a Japanese print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi called ‘Ki no Tomonori’. Ki no Tomonori was a famous poet in Japan in around 850–904 CE. He wrote poems about the seasons, and one was about falling cherry blossom.

Kuniyoshi was a master of woodblock printing in the ukiyo-e (floating world) style. He drew views, beautiful women, kabuki actors, cats and mythical animals like dragons. He also made battle pictures of samurai heroes.

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