Getting close

They are still not quite in full bloom, but getting very close. It seems this year the cherry blossoms are blooming much earlier than they ever have since I’ve been to Japan. They usually bloom the first week of April. Somebody asked if it was global warming, but I really don’t know. Could just be a weather fluctuation this year.

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Spring winds

Since yesterday there have been extremely strong, balmy winds blowing through Tokyo. They were strong enough to keep you awake at night, and are still swirling around and howling outside.

This happens every year, and seems to mark the true beginning of spring in Japan. So except for pollen sufferers, most people seem really happy that winter is finally over.

I am looking forward to a very low electric bill next month!

doug