When West Met East and Bloomed its Cherries

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Simona Catrinel Avarvarei


This paper builds itself on the story of Collingwood Ingram as elaborated by the journalist and non-fiction writer Naoko Abe in her book The Sakura Obsession - The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossoms published in the United States, in March 2019, after it had been first launched in Japan, three years earlier, in the same spring month of 2016. This is the Story, with capital S, as C.S. Lewis would have referred to it, in that that it bestows upon the reader “unexpectedness . . . that delights” (Lewis, On Stories), describing an epiphanic encounter of East and West which restored the fading colours of cherry blossoms on the ‘woodblock prints’ of the realm of the Rising Sun.

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Avarvarei, S. C. “When West Met East and Bloomed Its Cherries”. Linguaculture, vol. 13, no. 2, Dec. 2022, pp. 63-74, doi:10.47743/lincu-2022-2-0311.
Author Biography

Simona Catrinel Avarvarei, Iasi University of Life Sciences

Simona Catrinel AVARVAREI holds a Ph.D. in Philology following the defense of the thesis Mapping the Territories of the Hidden Victorian Female Self. She teaches English for Specific Purposes at the "Ion Ionescu de la Brad" University of Life Sciences, Iasi, Romania. She has translated books of political theory and literature and has published articles on a range of authors and topics, with a special interest in British literature and a constant focus on the nineteenth-century British novel. Her fields of interest focus on gender studies, transculturalism and identity construction.


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