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'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms An absolutely brilliant, fascinating book. 20 MAR 2019 a lunchtime listen to recommendation through Laura Many thanks Listen here APR 2019 finished my listening today over lunch hour Very enjoyable 20 MAR 2019 a lunchtime listen to recommendation through Laura Many thanks Listen here APR 2019 finished my listening today over lunch hour Very enjoyable How did growingthan one variety of flowering cherry tree become a treasonable offense From The Spectator s review Between 1639 and 1853, seeds and scions of flowering cherry trees travelled across Japan to Edo present day Tokyo Each came from the most beautiful specimens of varieties of tree from the different principalities of Japan From mountainous regions came the light pink yama zakura from the chilly climates of Hokkaido and northern Honshu came the crimson Ohyama zakura Mame z How did growingthan one variety of flowering cherry tree become a treasonable offense From The Spectator s review Between 1639 and 1853, seeds and scions of flowering cherry trees travelled across Japan to Edo present day Tokyo Each came from the most beautiful specimens of varieties of tree from the different principalities of Japan From mountainous regions came the light pink yama zakura from the chilly climates of Hokkaido and northern Honshu came the crimson Ohyama zakura Mame zakura, with their neat skirt like white petals, came from Mount Fuji and the rainy Izu islands produced Oshima cherries, with large, white flowers..In the 1920s 30s, cherry trees killed by the Great Kanto Earthquake, and pollution, were replaced with just a single variety, the fast growing somei yoshino, partly due to this species hardiness and partly as a method of propaganda In the lead up to and during the second world war, emphasis was placed on the short flowering life of the increasingly abundant somei yoshino, so that the cherry blossom once the mark of a peaceful, diverse people became a symbol of a conforming, unified population, willing to die for the emperor While many cherry species began to die out in Japan, individualism and free speech were suppressed and restricted, too This sounds like a must read I was still waiting for my copy of Cherry Ingram when I came across another Japanese botanical agricultural story, this one about how under Japanese occupation Korea went from multiple varieties of rice to just a few high output white varieties Japanese varieties went from making up 2 to 3 percent of Korea s rice to 90 percent Korea quickly became Japan s breadbasket, increasing its rice production bythan 250 percent, eventually supplying almost 98 percent of Japanese rice imports 3.5 stars rounded up Collingwood Cherry Ingram was an Englishman who developed a passion, indeed an obsession, with the various types of cherry blossom trees He originally started as an ornithologist but became disenchanted with the profession and took to horticulture big time and ended up one of the world s foremost experts on flowering cherry blossom trees According to the book, one of his main claims to fame was being instrumental in reintroducing to Japan some of theobscure or rar 3.5 stars rounded up Collingwood Cherry Ingram was an Englishman who developed a passion, indeed an obsession, with the various types of cherry blossom trees He originally started as an ornithologist but became disenchanted with the profession and took to horticulture big time and ended up one of the world s foremost experts on flowering cherry blossom trees According to the book, one of his main claims to fame was being instrumental in reintroducing to Japan some of theobscure or rare species of the trees that had either virtually vanished or had become less popular.Having lived to the ripe old age of 100 b.1880 d.1981 , he saw great change in the world WWI, the rise of Japanese imperialism, the Depression, WWII then the rapid, amazing rise of Japan as a powerhouse economy post WWII Ingram was from a wealthy, privileged background, never wanting for anything and able to indulge his passion of wondering the world in search of different specimens of flowering cherry blossom trees, propagating them and distributing them around the world He comes across as a bit eccentric and aloof and certainly didn t endear himself to me, but an interesting character nonetheless It may sound strange to say seeming he visited Japan multiple times and developed a love for one of their key symbols, but I got the impression he never fully embraced Japan and the people and the culture He always had an interpreter on hand, the author never mentions him bothering to learn any of the language and he was occasionally dismissive of some of the rituals and idiosyncrasies of the country and its people It washis obsession for the cherry blossom trees, the fact that it was in Japan was secondary Perhaps a slightly harsh assessment, but those were my immediate thoughts about him.For me the book s strengths are the quality of the writing and the fact that we get a very succinct, interesting and informative overview of Japanese culture and history If you don t know anything about Japan, this book would be a great place to start Would I recommend it and do you need an interest in both Japan and horticulture gardening to enjoy the book Yes I do recommend it but I think you definitely need an interest in Japan and Japanese culture but you don t necessarily need a love of gardening or flowering cherry blossom trees Sakura, as the decorative flowering cherry trees are called in Japan, are widely distributed across the world This is the charming tale of one man s captivation of the glorious cherry tree and how he became one of the world s foremost experts on the breed Namely, Collingwood Ingram, a British gentleman who experienced an unconventional youth and education He adored birds the family had albino birds that ate at the table helping themselves to morsels from every plate but was smitten by Japan Sakura, as the decorative flowering cherry trees are called in Japan, are widely distributed across the world This is the charming tale of one man s captivation of the glorious cherry tree and how he became one of the world s foremost experts on the breed Namely, Collingwood Ingram, a British gentleman who experienced an unconventional youth and education He adored birds the family had albino birds that ate at the table helping themselves to morsels from every plate but was smitten by Japan in his travels in 1901 1902 Upon buying The Grange in Benenden that he was re introduced to the decorative cherry trees which became a life long obsession.The author does an excellent job of mixing not only Ingram s history but her own while telling of Japan s social connection to the cherry trees Many a feudal lord or daimyo would replace warfare with the creation of gardens with varieties of cherry trees Hybridization as well as varieties from the different regions created flowers with five orpetals of white, pink, purple, red, yellow, and even a green yellow along with leaves of many colors and shapes Over 400 varieties that would be adapted to mountain, beach, tropical andEven a natural hybrid would be collected and transferred to the nobility s gardens It was only when Japan opened itself to the world, with its drive to become a world power through the Greater East Asia Co prosperity Sphere, that many of those trees disappeared from their homeland.Fortunately, Ingram was the proverbial unstoppable force in regards to collecting grafts and scions of literally hundreds of them in the years before World War 2 and his home was awash in color and beauty It was those flourishing trees that enabled Ingram to provide cuttings to anyone who asked for them no matter where in the world they were Thousands of them The only negative I could think of was I wished for color photos ofvarieties Ingram himself was a talented artist and several of his drawings color and black and white litter the pages Black and white photos of people and even one of a revered 1500 year old cherry tree being supported in it s old age along with multiple distant views of a cherry forest in bloom So when you are admiring the magnificence of the springtime blossoming of the cherry trees be it in Washington, DC, or even in Japan itself, remember that the world owes an old English gentleman a debt for all the effort he put into collecting a specific plant.2019 107 I sure enjoyed the first half of this immensely but then it got into the war which was too sad and depressing I learned some things I had never heard before and had to quit reading it for a bit I got back into the book when she went back to telling about cherry trees and three of the oldest, one of which is 1,500 years old It is almost as old as a bristle cone pine I greatly admire Ingram and it was so fun reading about him I recommend this for everyone but especially those who love nature I sure enjoyed the first half of this immensely but then it got into the war which was too sad and depressing I learned some things I had never heard before and had to quit reading it for a bit I got back into the book when she went back to telling about cherry trees and three of the oldest, one of which is 1,500 years old It is almost as old as a bristle cone pine I greatly admire Ingram and it was so fun reading about him I recommend this for everyone but especially those who love nature and gardens I found this book very engaging and informative I think it did a great job of introducing many of the cherry varieties and Mr Ingrams passion for them without being too technical or verbose I very much enjoyed learning of the many varieties of cherries as much as the history of their cultivation and their symbolic meaning for Japan and the world I appreciated the shorter, bite sized chapters and the many photographs and illustrations I felt they helped me grasp the aesthetics that Ingram an I found this book very engaging and informative I think it did a great job of introducing many of the cherry varieties and Mr Ingrams passion for them without being too technical or verbose I very much enjoyed learning of the many varieties of cherries as much as the history of their cultivation and their symbolic meaning for Japan and the world I appreciated the shorter, bite sized chapters and the many photographs and illustrations I felt they helped me grasp the aesthetics that Ingram and others saw in specific cherries and it was enjoyable to see how my tastes compared with theirs As an avid gardener, ok obsessive, who had to seek out flowering cherry trees within a hundred mile radius I loved this book But, this book is farthan gardening, it s Japanese history, and sadly my beloved cherry trees are forever linked to the fleeting lives of youth in war Such a contrast from beauty to death, love books that teach me new things, but not sure I like what I learned From BBC radio 4 Book of the week Collingwood Ingram, known as Cherry after his defining life s work, was born in 1880 and lived to a hundred years old, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.Ingram s interest was piqued by visits to Japan in 1902 and 1907, and further when he moved to The Grange in Benenden, Kent in 1919 and discovered two magnificent cherry trees in the neglected garden of his new family home They reminded him of his Japanese trips and he fell in love with ch From BBC radio 4 Book of the week Collingwood Ingram, known as Cherry after his defining life s work, was born in 1880 and lived to a hundred years old, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.Ingram s interest was piqued by visits to Japan in 1902 and 1907, and further when he moved to The Grange in Benenden, Kent in 1919 and discovered two magnificent cherry trees in the neglected garden of his new family home They reminded him of his Japanese trips and he fell in love with cherry blossoms or sakura dedicating much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.On a further visit to Japan in 1926, to find new specimens and meet other experts, Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity a consequence of industrialisation and modernisation driven by the need to rebuild after a devastating earthquake which destroyed vast areas of traditional housing There was also an unsettling political undercurrent and pernicious ideology at work A cloned cherry, the Somei yoshino, was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan s expansionist ambitions.For Ingram, the most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene was that of Taihaku, a brilliant great white cherry tree A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure, but Ingram persisted Over decades, he became one of the world s leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally Every spring we enjoy his legacy Cherry Ingram is a portrait of this little known Englishman, a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the world.In Episode 1, the author keeps seeing the name of Collingwood Ingram associated with the preservation of ancient cherries, and wants to find outabout this fascinating man.Written and translated by Naoko AbeRead by Hattie MorahanAbridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie DaviesProduced by Lizzie DaviesA Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4https www.bbc.co.uk programmes m000 The Irresistible Story Of Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Threatened By Political Ideology And Saved By An Unknown EnglishmanCollingwood Ingram, Known As Cherry For His Defining Obsession, Was Born In And Lived Until He Was A Hundred, Witnessing A Fraught Century Of Conflict And ChangeAfter Visiting Japan In And And Discovering Two Magnificent Cherry Trees In The Garden Of His Family Home In Kent In , Ingram Fell In Love With Cherry Blossoms, Or Sakura, And Dedicated Much Of His Life To Their Cultivation And PreservationOn A Trip To Japan To Search For New Specimens, Ingram Was Shocked To See The Loss Of Local Cherry Diversity, Driven By Modernisation, Neglect And A Dangerous And Creeping Ideology A Cloned Cherry, The Somei Yoshino, Was Taking Over The Landscape And Becoming The Symbol Of Japan S Expansionist AmbitionsThe Most Striking Absence From The Japanese Cherry Scene, For Ingram, Was That Of Taihaku, A Brilliant Great White Cherry Tree A Proud Example Of This Tree Grew In His English Garden And He Swore To Return It To Its Native Home Multiple Attempts To Send Taihaku Scions Back To Japan Ended In Failure, But Ingram PersistedOver Decades, Ingram Became One Of The World S Leading Cherry Experts And Shared The Joy Of Sakura Both Nationally And Internationally Every Spring We Enjoy His LegacyCherry Ingram Is A Portrait Of This Little Known Englishman, A Story Of Britain And Japan In The Twentieth Century And An Exploration Of The Delicate Blossoms Whose Beauty Is Admired Around The World


About the Author: Naoko Abe

Naoko Abe is a Japanese journalist and non fiction writer She was the first female political writer to cover the prime minister s office, the foreign ministry and the defence ministry at Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan s largest newspapers Since moving to London with her British husband and their two boys in 2001, she has worked as a freelance writer and has published five books in Japanese Her biography of Collingwood Ingram in Japanese won the prestigious Nihon Essayist Club Award in 2016 She has now written an adaptation of the book for English language readers She is a trained classical pianist and an advanced yoga practitioner.


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