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Cherry Blossoms and Three Swallows

Utagawa Kunisada celebrates the arrival of spring in this print. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, celebrating spring at its peak. It is a Japanese custom to gather and celebrate the annual opening of the cherry blossoms, which symbolize both vitality and impermanence.

Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust

Color woodblock prints
8.75 x 1.13in
Image and text © The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2019

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection