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Sakura!

We all love spring. At least, those who live in regions where there is a concept of a spring. (There really is no such thing in most parts of India)

This year the spring has started in Basel and its been pretty good so far. People are out on the streets, folks hang out by the river, there is sunshine, and people are smiling and yada yada.

I hope this turns out  as good as it promises. Looking at the cherry blossom flowers, I was transported to the best spring I have witnessed.

I was in Japan In 2007 / 2008, and saw the fall, harsh winter, an a bit of the summer. But the best time ever to be in Japan is now, the spring / Sakura season.

Sakura, can refer to the mid spring season’s cherry blossom flowers, or in a related context “sorrow”. The cherry blossoms seasons is the happiest time in the country, with people hanging out by parks and drinking with friends, just to see the flowers blossom. But the sorrow analogy, as I understand it, refers to what happens after the cherry blossoms stop blooming.

People are back to their dreary lives, the streets are not s picture perfect any more, and I guess it symbolizes the sorrow that occurs when a good thing is no more.

Anyways, I meant this to be a happy photo blog. I just wanted to leave you all with personal memories of the Sakura season in Japan, through some pictures taken in Tokyo & suburbs, Kyoto. I had a fantastic time and probably my photography skills may not do justice to how beautiful it feels to be in Japan, during the spring.

Cheers!

Vasu

P.S: Those who know the concept of Sakura far better, are open to add details and correct me where I got it wrong. And I don’t mean a Wikipedia explanation, I can do that myself  🙂

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P.S: If you are inclined to look at more pictures and stories from my travels, you might try:

1. https://vasusworld.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/saurkundi-pass-trek-a-travelogue/

2. https://vasusworld.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/a-woolly-weekend-in-valais-pronounced-something-like-wallis/

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