• This is not just a tale of trees, but of the symbolism of the cherry tree to Japan: of endeavour, war and reconciliation

    Sunday Times, Books of the Year
  • Sympathetic and engrossing... a portrait of great charm and sophistication, rich in its natural and historical range, guaranteeing that you won’t look at cherry blossoms the same way again

  • A remarkable bookexcellent...fascinating, a treat for gardeners, cherry-growers and historians

    Financial Times
  • [A] deeply moving book -- beautifully written, and a huge achievement in terms of research

    The Spectator
  • Set against the narrative arc of Japanese history, journalist Naoko Abe's account of the man behind the preservation of her country's national symbol is both sympathetic and compelling... On reading this book, beautifully illustrated with atmospheric period shots and colour plates, you may well determine, as I have, to visit Japan at cherry blossom time

    Sunday Express

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