Spring is here!
I can feel it in the air and the days are getting warmer and longer. But the cherry trees have long ago shed their beautiful petals, and yet I’m still reminiscing on getting to see them only once this year.
I look forward to the cherry blossom viewings (or “hanami”; literally flower viewing) every single year because it means spring is around the corner, they’re beautiful and also they’re a reminder that things don’t last forever. I think at the most we get the cherry trees in full bloom for no more than two weeks, sometimes even less because at the same time we get wind storms, so they’re gone pretty quick.
Even so, I make it a thing to visit downtown Portland every year when the cherry trees are in full bloom. They’re one of my favorite trees and I love them so much! They bring a vibrancy and colorfulness to the waterfront.
This year it was just CL and I because Alex was at work. Sadly, he missed them because it started raining literally the next day and the entire weekend. But I took enough photos to show him, and you guys as well, just how stunning they look.
I like the cherry blossoms traditions the Japanese hold in Japan and how the cherry blossoms are symbolic of the arrival of spring, and fleeting nature of life. To the Japanese, spring time is a time of renewal and I agree with that notion. Around this time of year I tend to reflect on much of the stuff I have done or learned over the winter and how I can improve on myself.
The seasons are essentially a life cycle on their own, and I think it’s important to be in tune with nature because we can become a better version of ourselves, at least that’s my opinion. But enough about what I think, do you guys ever go to hanami?
Are there cherry blossoms near you?
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