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Capturing the Perfect Pink of Sakura

| Cherry Blossoms , Fukuoka

Sakura cherry blossoms are ephemeral, and only bloom for a short time every spring. Craftsmen who want to capture and reflect their temporary beauty need considerable skill. One such craftsman, Yoji Komuro, has spent years mastering a technique to capture this beautiful color and use it to dye clothing and accessories.

Komuro is a sakurazome artisan, which means he dyes fabrics using cherry blossoms. He has spent over 25 years in his field, perfecting his craft. As difficult as it can be to find the perfect time to see cherry blossoms, timing is also incredibly important when it comes to harvesting the raw materials to distill into the perfect dye.