I love cherry blossoms and I was lucky to grow up near Washington DC, where thousands of cherry blossoms trees bloom every year.
Japan’s cherry blossom culture is very different Japanese people really love cherry blossoms, for their beauty and their short life. In just a few days, thousands of cherry blossom trees blossom, and within a week, the petals are falling through the sky like snow. This year, my mom came to Japan right as the cherry blossoms started to bloom.
We visited many famous cherry blossom viewing areas that I didn’t go to the year before. We went to Ueno park, Meguro river, the imperial palace. But even the cherry blossoms by our house were beautiful. She was awed by the beauty and was happy to be able to “take pictures of cherry blossoms every day”. After she left, I continued to enjoy the cherry blossoms with my friends- just in our neighborhood. Now, the petals were falling, so I could throw them into the air like confetti! This was near Kokugakuin University, one of the best places to see cherry blossoms.
I even had a Hanami event with my students. We sat beneath the trees in Yoyogi park. There, we ate snacks, drank, talked, and played music. It was wonderful, I love spring!