Cherry Blossoms in Japan

We visited Japan at the best time of the year. During hanami season (花見, lit: flower viewing), most parks with cherry trees are in a festive mood.

Unfortunately, due to our busy schedule, there was no time to sit under the trees with food and drink.

Takatoyama Park in Wakamatsu-ku

Cherry blossoms in a small village near Beppu

Cherry Blossoms in Hita

The pink lanterns always add a nice touch to this scenery. At  times, the wind shook the branches and we saw blossoms dancing in the sunshine.

Hanami season in Japan

We still have some funny pictures of our baby son, an excessive drooler at that time, at a hanami picnic, with cherry petals sticking to his face and neck. His drooling had also earned him the nickname よだれくん (yodarekun).

Cherry Blossoms in Germany

Sometime soon we will be off to see our friends and get another taste of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) activities in Japan.

Almost daily, I get updates on the weather there. The spring rains have not stopped yet, but we are not going there for the weather. We expect to see a lot of friends, more than we can handle at times, but there are also quiet times planned. Everyone hopes for the rain to stop by the time the cherry blossoms are in full bloom (early April).

One of my friends had put this very nicely in her e-mail: See, everyone, even cherry blossom, is waiting for you.

Then I looked at our own cherry blossoms right here in Germany.

Cherry blossoms in Germany

This would also make a good picnic spot… But for some reason, it just doesn’t compare to spring time in Japan.

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