In spring apricot blossoms bloom first.
I was looking for the blooming alone in twilight.
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:
I spent many hours nostalgically pining for days like this:
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.