A few days ago I wrote a post about how I didn't really understand Cherry Blossoms and the Sakura Season, but I changed my mind.
I went for a walk around Kinuta Park with my friend the other day, the blossoms had started falling from the trees, it looked like snow falling (also known as Sakura-fubuki), and the ground was covered, it was simply beautiful.
And I suddenly had this feeling of melancholic peacefulness, and the thought that Sakura season is just so short, and that we should celebrate the beauty of it whilst it lasts.
It reminded me that absolutely everything in life is temporary, life itself is temporary and we should celebrate every single moment of it. Even the bad times are fleeting, feelings fade, and we should truly live in the moment and be thankful for everything we have.
A work colleague also explained that the sakura often represents the national character of Japan, it has a Samurai soul, a Samurai must live a beautiful life of honour, but be prepared to die at any time. Just like the cherry blossoms.
The beauty of that thought alone is enough to make me appreciate the Sakura Season.
I'll leave you with some pictures of my friends and the small Hanami we had.