Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom (sakura) season has been and gone for another year. There’s a reason it’s a thing. Those people you meet at parties who drawl “oh, you simply must go and see the cherry blossoms!” are irritating (Moon Tan and I may be part of this club now), but they’ve got a point.

In Adelaide, winter turns to summer with a few weeks of not-quite-so-cold-but-not-yet-boiling weather in between. But in Japan, spring is a real season, and the cherry blossoms announce its arrival.

During winter, it’s easy to forget how many people there are in Tokyo (answer: a lot). But as soon as the first sakura blooms arrive, it’s almost impossible to go anywhere or do anything. You’d think this would be annoying, and it is in a way, but it’s also really exciting. Everyone’s in a good mood, there’s picnics and drinking, and you don’t need to put on two jackets to leave the house.

We had an Australian guest staying with us — code name “Two Humps.” I took Two Humps to Meiji Park (as distinct from Meiji Shrine) because we heard that there might be some cherry blossoms there. Indeed there were — along with a sqillion people. We had to line up for about 45 minutes just to get into the park. Totally worth it, though.


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The cherry blossoms are really only at their best for one, maybe two weekends, so everyone really does drop what they’re doing to go and see them before they fall.

Thanks for visiting, Two Humps!

3 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms

  1. I feel its unfair that I wasn’t allowed to choose my own alias. Especially given the best you could come up with is ‘Two Humps’.

  2. I’ll admit I didn’t put a lot of thought into the alias. But it makes me chuckle. Tell you what: if you can think of another name that amuses me more, I’ll edit the post.

    Can’t get fairer than that, Two Humps.

  3. Don’t know how I got here, but I see you’re really enjoying yourself!
    We need to go drinking sometime!

    Zach (ex-housemate)

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