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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Happy solstice (yesterday) Spring is here!
The cherry blossoms are coming out! It's a very special time for me, every since I learned about the Japanese hanami, or "time of cherry blossom viewing." The Japanese revere the cherry blossom because it perfectly captures their idea of beauty as fleeting. The cherry tree, or Sakura, only blooms for a few days. It can not be planned. It can not be controlled, and it will not wait. It just has to be enjoyed. When the bloom comes (which is predicted to be this week near Tokyo) many people take a day or two off to simply enjoy the moment.