Winter Always Turns To Spring

Cherry Blossoms

I’ve been praying for the protection and good health of the Japanese people since the aftermath of the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. At the same time I was wondering what more could I possibly do to respond to my Mentor and to the people of Japan.

On March 16, encouraging the people suffering from this disaster, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda (Buddhist philosopher), wrote “Never be defeated! Have courage! Have hope!”

I decided to make a piece of jewellery that spoke of hope and send it to my mentor in Japan.

In a letter titled ‘Winter Always Turns To Spring’, Nichiren Daishonin, a 13th century priest said to his disciple, lay nun Myoichi, ‘Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring…[The sutra reads] “If there are those who hear the law, then not a one will fail to attain Buddhahood”‘

the initial design

 I have made the ring in sterling silver. One side of the ring, which is bluish-black (winter), shows ridges in a criss-cross pattern, depicting the earthquake. On the top right corner, the silver spirals represent the tsunami.

the earthquake and the tsunami

On the other side, however, is a Cherry tree in full white blossom, depicting Spring.


Cherry Blossoms

This is also Ring 17 in the Ring-a-week challenge on flickr


10 thoughts on “Winter Always Turns To Spring

  1. What strikes me about this piece is that it seems to be in tune with the Japanese people, their sense of beauty, tragedy, the cycles of life, at least from all I have read from a long ocean away in America. Pallavi, you always seem to capture the heart of things somehow.

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