Today I ran across a tweet from RTVE.es about this week’s of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. It says, “Japón sucumbe (de nuevo) al cerezo en flor.” ( Japan once again succumbs to the blooming of the cherry trees.) I was struck by the verb sucumbir, which means to succumb.
I’m not sure why sucumbir is used. The tweet is linked to a beautiful slide show displaying the cherry blossoms, as well as the people who are out enjoying the explosion of nature this week. Perhaps sucumbir is used to express how the Japanese people have dropped everything in their daily life, and have given themselves over to enjoying this short period of time when the cherry trees are in bloom. They have given in to an irresistible force of nature. And they are celebrating! Click Here to view the slide show from RTVE.es. (http://lab.rtve.es/fotogaleria/japn-sucumbe-de-nuevo-al-cerezo-en-flor/)
P.S. Just a quick reminder! El cerezo is the cherry tree and la cereza is the fruit of the tree, the cherry.
Image Credit: Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/cherry-blossom-japanese-cherry-smell-1260641/