Cherry Blossoms and a Small Reunion

30 Mar 2009 9:35 AM | Deleted user

Cherry Blossoms and a Small Reunion

By Kuniko Noguchi

It was an email from my Australian friend that opened my eyes to the coming of spring: yes, cherry blossoms. Christopher, who was my class mate at UNSW and now working in South Korea, planned to come to Tokyo over the weekend to view cherry blossoms!DSCF2436.JPG

I usually choose the traditional places when I take my non-Japanese friends around. This time I chose Chidorigafuchi, the very famous cherry blossom viewing spot around the Imperial Palace. If you have walked around Chidorigafuchi at this time of year, you know that there are hundreds of beautiful cherry blossoms along the Imperial Moat with high-rises in the background. I told him that this place is popular among Japanese because we can enjoy the nice contrast between tradition/nature and civilization, and his reply was: “Japanese like this sort of contrast, but it is a bit disappointing that skyscrapers impair the scenery”. His opinion gave a new and interesting insight into Japan for me, who hadn’t thought of things quite like that. It also reminded me that other visitors from Australia and US said the same thing when they saw the townscape in Kyoto and Sensouji in Asakusa. 

DSCF2453.JPGHaving said that, he seemed to be fascinated with the beauty of the flowers, and enjoyed the seasonal events marking the arrival of spring. They were not in full bloom last weekend, but we enjoyed some white and pink cherry blossoms and of course this small reunion of friends in Tokyo.

I don’t know if you have already viewed cherry blossoms around the city, but please remember that we will have another chance to enjoy this great Japanese tradition together this Saturday, April 4th. I have more to talk about, so please come and join me at Komazawa Olympic Park! See the details here.

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