Japanese Spring in Asheville

Ahhhhh…. We can feel spring time approaching, with the slight scent of blooming in the wind as the cool breeze sweeps what is left of the previous autumn’s leaves.

March 12, 2019

Shoji Spa & Lodge

 In two weeks, it will officially be Springtime here in Asheville. And at Shoji, we love and respect Spring (Haru) as much as Japan does. So, what does Springtime mean to Japanese culture?

Japan has a rather short Spring season, beginning in late March and ending in late April. During that short time, the Japanese celebrate the harmony between humans and nature with picnics under the Cherry Blossoms and countless festivals. Being an agricultural country, and since agriculture is controlled by the seasons, Japan is characterized by the leisurely change of the seasons. “In contrast to the Westerners who fight with and conquer nature, the Japanese live in harmony with nature and desire to become one with it.” This respect for and celebration of nature is most aesthetically prominent during the most beautiful time of year: Spring! And in Japan, that aesthetic comes from the beautiful and momentary blooming of the Cherry Blossoms, or Sakura.

For just a couple weeks out of the year, typically between March and April, these beautiful, vivid magenta flowers cover the landscape of Japan like a pink umbrella. The flowers symbolize a beautiful innocence during a seasonal representation of renewal and growth that has become almost internationally and inherently recognized by other cultures.

The Haiku, which has become an globally recognized form of poetry, is rooted in Japan’s oneness with nature, and more often than not is representing of Spring time.

The cherry blossoms:
Being ill, how many things
I remember about them

Scatter layer
by layer, eight-layered
cherry blossoms

Moon at twilight
a cluster of petals falling
from the cherry tree

cherry blossom petals
blown by the spring breeze against
the undried wall

  • Masaoka Shiki

Asheville may not have thousands of cherry blossoms, but the region does celebrate the blooming of spring with the beautiful pink hues of the rhododendron. Asheville also has a spiritual sense of harmony between humans and nature. Here at Shoji, we celebrate Spring by immersing you into the spiritual nature of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sharing that experience with those individuals that can feel the season’s power as much as the Japanese people have for centuries.

Beautiful flowers of rhododendron. Closeup
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Take Exit 53A to HWY 74-A East Bat Cave/ Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a Right at the First Light on Avondale. There will be Shoji Signs to follow along Avondale Heights Road. Stay on the Paved Road and Continue to the Top through winding road. There are 3 curves you will follow to the top. You will then drive down a slight hill to the Spa and Guest Parking. If the lot is Full, circle around and park parallel to the side of the Spa.

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