Working once again with Tattu, the brief was to "out-do ourselves'" and create a breath-taking space, a restaurant interior that would transport you to another, more tranquil dimension. The result is this beautiful, recently opened restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh. Tattu is a place to relax and enjoy the company of friends and the exceptional skill of the culinary masters behind the Tattu brand.
Dining under an abundance of cherry blossom tree canopies is as near to the "real-life experience" you'll ever have.
The ultimate WOW factor, customers dine under seven large and extensive interlinking artificial cherry blossom trees, as if set in an exclusive cherry orchard. The accompanying photographs of the completed project tell the story, where words fail.
In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolise clouds; this is due to their nature of blooming en masse. They are also a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and the concept of "an empathy toward things".
The transience of the blossoms, the exquisite beauty and volatility, has often been associated with mortality, graceful and readily accepted destiny and karma; for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic and have been utilised often in Japanese art.
Cherry blossoms are a prevalent symbol in the traditional art of Japanese tattoos, Irezumi "inserting ink", combined with other classic Japanese symbols.