There’s a long, narrow park I go though when walking home from Shinkoiwa Station. The cherry blossoms are not quite in full bloom, but they are pretty much there. This was late afternoon, on my way home from my weekly volunteer class in Hachioji.
And tomorrow morning we learn the new era name which will come into effect on May first, after the current Emperor abdicates, ending the Heisei Era.
Most cherry blossoms are not predicted to bloom until March 22nd though. The earliest on record. Every year they bloom earlier and earlier. When I first came to Japan they didn’t bloom until the first week of April.
I got back home a few hours ago. Monta seemed happy to see me. I noticed some sakura were still in bloom, so used my reserve strength to go on a bicycle ride along the Nakagawa. Most trees have had half or more of the cherry blossoms fall, but some are still in full bloom.
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There was apparently exactly one cherry tree in Ueno Park today that was in bloom. It’s way too early for sakura blooming. But I saw this one today, surrounded by people taking photos.
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