Why might Japan’s cherry blossoms cause you to hit the prozac?

I recently made a short film with BBC TV Arts, on how Japan’s modern relationship with the West has re-shaped the way Japanese people think about themselves.

This has included, for some, a journey from aesthetic appreciation of the beauty and transience of the blossoms – ‘mono no aware‘: the pathos of everything in life passing away – to a suspicion that these feelings might be symptoms of depression…

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The film was produced by Craig Reece. The rest of the ‘New Generation Thinker’ films can be viewed here.