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    Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of the Praying Mantis – Jane Prowse

    “The Samurai warrioes of old Japan considered the cherry blossom, with its beautiful but short life, as a symbol of their own lives – which could end violently at any momeny. My mum always kept a bonsai cherry tree in our living room, and every year in early spring when it blossomed, we’d have a tea ceremony to give thanks for the fact that we were all still healthy, happy – and alive.” Hattie Jackson is just like every other 15 year old girl – bar the fact her mum has played strange games involving stamina and indurance pratice without her really noticing over the course of her life. Then…