Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cherry Blossom Time

When told that I would be in Japan during Cherry Blossom season, I was underwhealmed. Cherry blossom is all very nice, but nothing to get that excited about. On arrival in Tokyo - there was not a lot of cherry blossom. I and my sinuses were relieved.

Then we hit Kyoto - and there it was Cherry Blossom Full On!

Not just pink either - shades of pink, and the especially beautiful white. But it wasn't so much the whole blossoms on the tree that impressed. It was the ground - covered in fallen petals. Even better - each breath of wind would bring more cherry blossom 'snow'.

Now I understand why the Japanese hold 'sakura' (cherry blossom) picnics within their petal strewn parks.

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