So since the last time I posted, there was quite a big "event" in Japan. It's not so much of an event as it is a season, though. Millions of people all over Japan do this every year (and I totally don't have any reference for that, but I an say with 90% certainty that I'm right), and the alcohol sales during this time are probably equivalent to those in America around Thanksgiving or Christmas. 花見(hanami). Hanami means "to look at flowers" and if you're living in Japan right now, let me tell you - you better skip this paragraph right over. Hanami basically is a bunch of friends, or co-workers going to a park and sitting under the sakura trees (cherry blossoms) and having a drink or two together. Or 10. Whatever you fancy. I can't tell you the genus or species of the particular trees, but they are really pretty. The leaves don't sprout until after the flower blossoms have gone, so for a week or so, it's just the tree, its branches, and the flowers, which is quite a sight. After the week is done though, the blossoms fall, and the leaves sprout, and the festivities are done. For those of you who don't know, in Japan, the cherry blossom symbolizes a lot of different things. I think the most common of the analogies is the cherry blossom compared to life - short and beautiful, but waning and fragile. The cherry blossoms bloom into life, but only for a short while. As they start to die, they float towards the ground, very gracefully and end their life with a beautiful dance through the wind. However you want to interpret that, that's the gist of the view of cherry blossoms in Japan. Here's a few pictures of the view in Japan...
This is right outside one of the gates of Waseda
An afternoon up at the top of Toyama Park with Evie
Another view from the top of Toyama Park
Well - I'll leave it at that for now, even though there has been loads of other things happening. I'll save it for the next post, which I PROMISE will be sooner than later.