photos by Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo, 2013
“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”
What attracts you to the cherry blossoms in particular?
Nobuyoshi Araki: Flowers are there for me to love, and cherry blossoms are the top of their kind. I can’t quite put my affection for them into words, and that’s why it continues to hold a special place in my photographs. When standing under the old trees, the layers of flower petals look like women’s underwear, transparent to the sky above.