Five Days in Sakura Paradise

I don’t recall ever experiencing a cherry blossom season that came as quickly—and ended just as quickly—as this year’s. Since we had an extremely cold winter, I couldn’t believe it when the Japan Meteorological Corp announced in February that the first buds were forecast to open on March 17th. Continue reading “Five Days in Sakura Paradise”

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Nagoya Castle: My First Spring in Japan

I’ll always look back on Nagoya as being a safe haven.

Last week was the 7th anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake. The events that unfolded back on March 11, 2011 are just insane. Continue reading “Nagoya Castle: My First Spring in Japan”

Tokyo in Bloom: Meguro River

I headed to Naka-meguro one evening last week. It was a spontaneous decision, and as I sat on the bus, half asleep after a long, tiring day at work, I wondered whether I really should have been pushing myself so much just to see some flowers. Continue reading “Tokyo in Bloom: Meguro River”

Sakura & Co.

The 2017 sakura season is officially under way in Tokyo!

It’s been quite cold and rainy lately, so it feels like the transition from winter to spring has been very long. Despite the weather, people have been out in droves. Wherever there are cherry blossoms, there are people – under it, around it, standing back and admiring from afar. Continue reading “Sakura & Co.”

Atop Mt Matsuda

Standing atop Matsuda-yama, it felt like I was in a dream.

I was on a hillside covered in thousands upon thousands of pink petals, looking down over the urban area below. The late afternoon sun was shining intensely and everyone around seemed so happy to be there experiencing this fleeting moment. Continue reading “Atop Mt Matsuda”