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Spring buds
Srinagar, India
Year: 1987
Dimension: 165.0cm X 338.0cm
Location: Hakone, Lake Ashi Narukawa Art Museum

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When I arrived in Srinagar by air on March 28th 1987, the first thing I noticed was an infinite number of buds of willow trees on the basin of the 1600 meter high foot of the Himalayan Mountains. They were still weak looking greenish yellow buds growing on withering branches but I definitely saw the coming of spring. For the seven days I stayed in Srinagar, I was so impressed by the power of the coming of spring. The buds grew in no time, and the yellowish green flowers started to bloom, and before I knew it, the place was filled with the new greens as far as the eyes could see. It was almost like those weak looking buds were pulling the spring out of the ground. What a great number of willow trees in this land. The willow trees are, for sure, an important plant that protects the wetlands of the highlands. But, for the locals living in this land of snowy winter, they must sense the coming of long awaited spring by seeing the greening up of the willow trees and they must adore the willow trees from the bottom of their hearts. I was able to witness the arrival of spring in the far away land of India.

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