"I am very attracted to traditional Japanese poetic phrases possessed of a strange beauty and charm, such as 'snow, moon and cherry blossoms' and 'a thousand cranes'," commented Kayama. "This may be because I grew up in Kyoto, the center of traditional art."
"The cherry tree is actually not depicted very often. There were many painted before the war, but they all seem to have a sense of melancholy about them...I believe the cherry is actually a difficult flower to depict." (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, et al., Kayama Matazo ten, 1998, pp. 63, 73)