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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cherry-blossom viewing

It is the season of cherry-blossom viewing, so my partner and I headed for Ueno Park after the voting. Entering the park, we were amazed that tens of thouthands of people were there. The main street inside was so crouded that we can hardly move.

Many people gather and have flower parties around this season, so it is a usual scene (past report written in Japanese). Though, the park seemed to be much more crouded than usual year. One reason is probably that the previous day (Saturday) was rainy.

Because of the refraining mood which lasts since the earthquake, we expected much less people were there. It was surprising so many people were taking place under the trees and drinking.

Ueno_cherryblossom

Sakura (cherry blossoms) were in full bloom, and cherry blossom petals were already dispersed by strong wind like snows. Sakura is beautiful, but at the same time it reminds us that the life changes and nothing remains the same. Since old times, maybe Japanese have sensed this transition in nature.

Below is a picture taken at Sumida Park. Left part of the picture is the Tokyo Sky Tree under construction.

Sumida_cherryblossom

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