Before anything else, I would like to give myself a tap in the back for surviving all the way through the cold winter. I feel like I should consider this as a self accomplishment since this is my first time to experience a season definitely far colder than I used too without getting all sick and while proving everyone wrong about it. They’ve all been warning me that it would be really tough for my body to adjust and catching a flu is a very close possibility. Anyway, nonetheless I really did enjoy my first winter and my first snow. Now, as we went pass the solstice we embarked to the next chapter – Spring. Plants regrow and weather gets warmer. As we all imagine it to be, it’s a symbol of a new beginning and a fresh start.
To welcome spring, people go on a picnic under the Cherry blossom trees (they call it Hanami). Basically it’s a celebration with your family and friends while enjoying under the canopy of cherry blossom flowers. For me and my husband, we had our own version of Hanami in our balcony. We lived in the 10th floor of the building and we’re pretty lucky enough to live in an area considered to be a cherry blossom spot (which means, people come in our place to see cherry blossoms). We set up a picnic table in the balcony and invited our closest friend over to our house. We shared a sumptuous lunch and a great bottle wine to toast for what this season is ahead of us.
Who says you can only enjoy cherry blossoms when the sun is out? Trust me seeing it in night time is twice as beautiful as it is. Just pick the right cherry blossom night view spot and you’ll definitely see what I’m talking about. Normally, you can find them in big shrines or parks so you’ll never miss them.
In Japan, Spring is definitely one of the most anticipated season. Especially it’s also the season were Cherry Blossoms fully bloom. Cherry blossoms or Sakura in Japanese is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in the country. It’s also very special since it blooms only in a certain period. Usually it last for about a week or two depending on the weather so you really have to make the most of it while it last.