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Words of wisdom from a man with a deep reverence for all living things

The Guardian of Cherry Trees: 93-Year-Old's Legacy

  • Reviving a cherry tree toppled by a typhoon
  • Japan's leading expert picks his top cherry blossoms
  • Curiosity and fascination that only continues to grow with the passage of time

Sano Toemon has spent much of his life trying to understand and preserve Japan's iconic cherry trees. Entrusted with restoring a cherry tree that's collapsed, he carefully observes its roots and listens to the particular sounds it makes to understand its condition and what it needs. Even at over 90 years old, he examines unique blossoms from new, crossbred varieties and keeps detailed records. This program listens to the words of a man who is filled with respect and love for all living things.

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