『Great precautions were taken for the preservation of delicate blossoms.
Emperor Huensung of the Tang dynasty, hung tiny golden bells on the branches in his garden to keep off the birds.
He it was who went off in the springtime with his court musicians to gladden the flowers with soft music.
A quaint tablet, which tradition ascribes to Yoshitsune, the hero of our Arthurian legends, is still extant in one of the Japanese monasteries.
It is a notice put up for the protection of a certain wonderful plum-tree, and appeals to us with the grim humour of a warlike age.
After referring to the beauty of the blossoms, the inscription says: "Whoever cuts a single branch of this tree shall forfeit a finger therefor."
Would that such laws could be enforced nowadays against those who wantonly destroy flowers and mutilate objects of art!』
(From the Book of Tea,Flowers, pp.96-97, Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont, Tokyo, Japan)
Now a days, the concepts and feelings for the flowers are completely different.
It is certain that we tend to forget to enjoy about the beauty of nature and need to respect the dignity of nature.
Image Designer: Izumi Mori