Monday, April 11, 2011

The Ever So Short Life of Cherry Blossoms

The title really tells the whole story. The people in Japan (I couldn’t say Japanese people because that wouldn’t include all of us foreigners!) excitedly await the cherry blossoms every year. There are websites dedicated to tracking the cherry blossom season all across Japan (and yes, timing differs by months). Let’s just say it’s a big deal. This past weekend, I took in about as much cherry blossoms (or sakura) as possible. Saturday I spent the evening at a fellow ALTs apartment, where we played a variety of board games and other games…

Sunday morning I drove back to my apartment (90 minutes, not too bad) and early in the afternoon, the Watanabe’s picked me up and off we went to Inuyama Castle. Does that name ring a bell? Well, yes I went there twice last weekend, so it was a little redundant, but Inuyama has the best cherry blossoms. We walked around the castle, but didn’t go in because the line was 60 minutes long. We stopped and took numerous pictures with the cherry blossoms. Finally, I wasn’t the only person taking pictures all the time! We stopped at a small Italian restaurant directly across the river from the castle for some coffee and a snack. I didn’t know why we were going to an Italian place for coffee until I realized the view of the castle (amazing). After getting back in the car, we headed out to find more cherry blossoms. About 30 minutes later, we had found ourselves a small river that had cherry blossoms going down each side, gorgeous. After that, we made our way back to Mitake and soon enough I was back home.

A little cleaning, gardening, and that about wrapped up my Sunday afternoon.


  1. So pretty! We're like that with peach blossoms here! Are all of those trees going to have edible cherries?

  2. Hi, I'll be coming to Kakamigahara in Gifu as an ALT, how is the area and what things do you do during the weekends up there? Thanks, Sam.

  3. Jess: the cherry blossoms don't have edible cherries, right now they are just normal trees with light green leaves on them.

    Hi Sam, that's cool that you are moving to Gifu. Do you live in Japan now? On the weekends you can do as much or as little as you want. This area doesn't have much for nightlife, but soon enough you'll meet people from all around Gifu who will offer you their floor to sleep on if you miss the last train.