Sometimes in Tokyo, in the spring, it is vitally important to drop everything and go contemplate the cherry blossoms. (This has nothing to do with class–I just wanted to remind you all–)

Sometimes, you should get off from Facebook, away from the virtual sunshine, and into the real sunshine.

Away from the virtual people, to be surrounded by living ones–

People who are laughing, talking, breathing the petal-laden air and smiling to be alive.

Those same people will let you join in their Hanami, even if they’ve never met you before–even if you are a stranger from a foreign land.

And they will tell you the stories of their lives, show you pictures of their children, give you the food they made, and share in the wine you brought.

And sometimes, Sometimes, it is important to let the overwhelming perfection of the shortness of this life  sweep you away–

Like boats on a gentle river, like flower petals on the soft wind.


4 thoughts on “Hanami

  1. wow!! The sakuras are really beautiful!!
    I haven’t been to hanami for a long time and haven’t really paid attention to the cherry blossoms yet. Guess I need to go outside and take a walk sometime soon. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your hanami photos. Sadly I’m too busy trying to catch up on student blogs to go enjoy this seasonal wonder.

    I like your command to let the overwhelming perfection take us away. I think you are on to something important here.

    One point on formatting – the word “you” twice appears as a link so does “facebook” when I click them I get taken to a Surf Canyon page. I think this happened on an earlier post of yours too. Also, I don’t know why the links appear as dotted lines.

    • Thanks for the comment!
      You should ignore our blogs for one day, and go enjoy the moment 🙂 I don’t think any of us would hold it against you!
      The links are something that wordpress seems to do automatically, and I haven’t been able to turn that off. You can actually see the same thing in your own blogposts– in your post here– http://cis0835sp12.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/chopping-the-future/ the word “his” in the paragraph just below the video is the same way, and leads to a Surf Canyon search.

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