Japanese atrocities from WW II - I'm not trying to be vindictive here; I'm not that kind of person and I have NOTHING against Japan or Japanese people today. But history is what it is - and history hurts. Click the pin to read the rest.
Citation about Sakura (Cherry blossoms) from Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan - second oldest book of classical Japanese history, in 天皇、両枝船を磐余市磯池に泛べたまふ。時に桜の花、御盞に落れり。"Tenno Emperor riding a boat at the pond. Sakura petals falling to his sake cup.