Sakura by night

Maiko is about to start her new job at Japan’s largest banking company, but first she has to endure a month-long training in Kobe. She’s leaving for Kobe tomorrow, and tonight was her last night in town. We had a small farewell dinner at Shirokiya, after we did some nighttime viewing of Inuyama’s sakura. In Maiko’s street there are dozens of cherry trees and they’ve all started blossoming recently, and it was my first time to see some of those famous white flowers. It’s not easy to admire them in the dark though, but the pink lights were romantic.

I’m not so in touch with nature, so normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to any kind of blossoms, but the sakura is always such a big deal in Japan, so I guess I’ll head out later this weekend to go see some in daylight, and see what the fuss is all about.

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