Opening on February 9 with a free reception in the Art Gallery at Yume Japanese Gardens is “Sakura: Photography by Mark Taylor.” Departing from the usual idyllic portrayals of cherry blossom season, it contrasts the fragility of flowers with the hard edge of Japan’s urban jungle. Captured in these images is the tension and opposition visible in the sight of nature blooming amid a dense visual grid of buildings, power lines, freeways, signs, and commuter trains. Attend the reception on February 9, from 5 to 7 pm, to meet Taylor and to learn why he was inspired to use the hardscape of cities as the strong graphic background to cherry blossom time . Visit the museum Tuesdays through Sundays until May 9, 2019 to see this exhibition. Yume Japanese Gardens is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25 and 31, and New Year’s Day.