桜吹雪 sakura fubuki—wind-blown cherry blossom falling like snow

Yesterday was the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far, a foretaste of summer. It was also our visitors’ last day in Japan, and the end of the cherry blossom o-hanami.

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Flurries of pink and white petals were falling in the light breeze and carpeting the ground. A day for shorts, sun cream and sunglasses, and a perfect day for a picnic lunch in the park.

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Check out all the bicycles lined up along the path.DSC_0865

The girls were guaranteed lots of attention wherever they went in Japan. These middle-aged ladies were very chatty.DSC_0894

On the way home we went to the 売店 baiten stall and the two girls got crushed ice.DSC_0882

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5 thoughts on “桜吹雪 sakura fubuki—wind-blown cherry blossom falling like snow

  1. What a beautiful day! Here in DC, our cherry blossoms are just beginning to bloom–it has been such a cold, grey spring. I can’t wait for the cherry blossoms to finally burst and get this season started. Thanks for the preview of what’s to come.

    1. I have seen photos of the cherry-blossoms in DC, and they are very beautiful. I find it very moving that they were given as a gift of friendship by Japan to the USA 100 years ago, and continued to blossom every spring even during the years of slaughter of the war in the Pacific, and now mark the renewed friendship of the two countries. Although the cherry-blossom season has just finished here in Osaka, you still have something to look forward to!

      1. Yes, these trees are a very special feature of DC–and I am glad they survived the war, even though many of them got damaged by vandals then. Today, it is a magnetic center of the National Mall in spring. I just came back from a stroll there this morning: even though the blossoms are not out yet, people are out and about enjoying each half-way-open bud.

  2. @paddy: It was especially perfect this year because the weather was so nice on Friday. Then yesterday (Saturday), an April storm roared through bringing high winds and heavy rain, stripping the trees of the last of the blossom and marking a definitive end to this year’s o-hanami.

    @transplantedtatar: I hadn’t heard about attacks on the trees during WWII. It’s interesting, but not surprising. Patriotism can take strange forms, especially in time of war. In recent weeks the New Yorker has been running ads for visiting DC; 2-page colour spreads with beautiful images of the trees in bloom. In the pictures you can see a little group of robed (Christian) monks walking along the water’s edge.

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