Clinging to Cherry Blossoms

In spring apricot blossoms bloom first.

I was looking for the blooming alone in twilight.

Yamanoue no Okura (山上憶良)

Chicagoans, myself included, wrapped in Arctic coats while wishing for just one day above 20 degrees Fahrenheit, battled one of the coldest Windy City winters this year.

So while life back in my hometown looked like this for most of December through mid-March:

The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

I spent many hours nostalgically pining for days like this:

A hanami party near Matsuyama Castle.
A hanami party near Matsuyama Castle.

As I wrote last year, Japan’s cherry blossom season is ephemeral but often the season that stays with visitors the most – lingering on in memories long after one’s departure from Japan.

Below are more of my favorite cherry blossom photographs from Toyama and Matsuyama.  Hopefully there comes a day when I can see sakura again.

Sakura at night in Namerikawa, Japan.
Sakura at night in Namerikawa, Japan.
Snow and mountains in Namerikawa, Japan.
Cherry blossoms and mountains in Namerikawa, Japan.
A wedding at Dogo Park in Matsuyama during cherry blossom season.
A wedding at Dogo Park in Matsuyama during cherry blossom season.
On top of Matsuyama Castle, overlooking the city.
On top of Matsuyama Castle, overlooking the city.
A close-up of sakura.
A close-up of sakura.

 

Author: Sheila Burt

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