They’re late, but they’re here. The cherry blossoms are in bloom…HOORAY!!
During the past week and a half I’ve started to see the cherry blossoms (sakura) blooming. When I see the cherry blossoms I truly feel that spring has arrived. Because it stayed a lot cooler a lot longer, I think the cherry blossoms took more time to bloom. Despite the timing, though, the cherry blossoms are always so beautiful to look at. Plum blossoms are also very cool to look at as well, but for me, those are even harder to catch than the cherry blossoms because they bloom in March, and they aren’t as abundant as cherry blossoms. As far as I know, Sakura do bloom in the U.S. as well, but I’m not exactly sure in which regions. I don’t think they’re in Georgia, but even if they were, I don’t think people would take the time to appreciate them. Honest I never really took the time to pay attention to very many flowers/plants/trees them until I came to Japan. But there is one exception. The magnolia trees in Georgia are kind of hard to ignore. The flower petals are simply gi-normous and they do have a really nice smell. In Japan, cherry blossoms and the resulting parties, are a huge part of Japanese culture. I am supposed to go to one, maybe even two, over the next week or so. I’ll tell you a little bit more about them first hand. Until then, enjoy the cherry blossoms while they last…they’ll only be around for a couple of weeks.