This photograph makes me so happy. I went looking for a photograph of cherry blossoms on Flickr’s Creative Commons and found this gorgeous shot which, coincidentally, was taken by Yokohama photographer Masayuki Takaku. You can check out his photographs of this year’s sakura (cherry blossom) season here
Why is the image of cherry trees in bloom so universally appealing? The blossoms signal the beginning of spring and symbolize new birth… a fresh start. After the long winter, the world explodes in a riot of pink softness and abundance. I believe that the new blossoms inspire feelings of hope in us and that sign of hope is particularly significant for Japan this year.
DP and I leave for Yokohama, Japan on Sunday; we have an amazing opportunity to visit to our new school. I will spend a few mornings with the current Grade 11 and 12 counselor and possibly meet some of the current students. (Wow… I have butterflies of excitement and nervousness about meeting the new kids!) In the evenings, we’ll hang out with friends, get acquainted with Yokohama and perhaps we’ll even see the apartment that we are taking over from the same lovely woman whose Bangkok apartment we moved into when we arrived in Thailand two years ago.
Of course, while we’re in Japan, we’d love to see the cherry blossoms. I’ve read that the cherry trees are blooming a bit later than normal because of the cold weather. According to this site, the estimated best viewing dates in Yokohama are April 6-14.
Although I’m an optimist by nature, I honestly don’t know if the cherry blossoms will be able to wait for us. It’s okay. A year from now, we’ll be living in Yokohama and perhaps we’ll be sitting beneath a light pink hanabi-awning with friends we have not yet met. I feel hopeful… about the blossoms and about living in Japan.
If you’re going to be in Tokyo in the next week, Time Out Tokyo recommends the following locations and creative spots for your hanami party:
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What or where are you dreaming of this week?