In tropical Philippines where all is green even during the driest seasons, we don't notice the transience of flowers but we do have the Palawan cherry which burst into bloom at almost the same time the Japanese cherry blossoms do. The Palawan cherry is not a true cherry but a legume but has flowers that approximate the Japanese sakura.
And here is an English translation of the first stanza Japan's most famous folk song "Sakura"
- Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
- Across the Spring sky,
- As far as you can see.
- Is it a mist, or clouds?
- Our life is like a mist and will fade away!