As I mentioned in my previous post, Slice of Life #1, I love this time of year in Japan. There is a local park called Minatoyama Koen which is popular for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. I like to cycle down there during spring break and enjoy the sakura with a flask of tea. You can buy taiyaki, a fish-shaped toasted waffle with sweet red bean filling. It might sound weird but it goes really well with a cup of tea.
I went to the park yesterday and the sakura was at its peak. Some of the trees’ blossoms were already beginning to fall. It’s a beautiful sight as the light-pink blossoms drift down in the breeze. If one falls in your cup, it is considered lucky. Here are some photos of the cherry blossom in Minatoyama Park.
After visiting the park in the morning, I took my daughter for lunch and then we drove to the Japan Sea. Here are a couple of pics of the sea.
I used to live in Manchester, England, and the cherry blossom season came later towards the end of April. The colour of the blossoms was a much darker shade of pink. In Japan, the pink is so light it sometimes appears white, like apple blossom. The final two pictures are from the grounds of one of the elementary schools I teach at.
I would love to see some pictures of the spring blossoms where you live. Thanks to Todd, a regular commenter on this blog, for posting a link to some beautiful pictures he took of the cherry blossoms in Washington DC.
Thanks for reading!