Well this year the cherry blossoms have come, but instead of going to one of the famous parks like Chidorigafuchi we decided to see them in our local area. Since I have been riding my road bike all over Kanagawa (神奈川) these past few years I have discovered some great spots. I was even able to show my students some new places and they have lived here all their lives. This year, the best place for us to see them was near a small temple just behind Yomiuri land which is not that far from Azamino あざみ野. Even though it was Sunday, there were very few people so we got to enjoy them all to ourselves. These areas may be a lot smaller than say, Shinjuku Park, but not having so many people made it a much more pleasant experience. Sometimes staying close to home and enjoying the places in the local community is best. Just by taking a quick drive from Fujigaoka(藤が丘) to Ichigao(市が尾) you can see some amazing places.