Reflecting on Sakura

25 03 2013

This time last year I was madly packing and preparing for our holiday in Japan. I was anxiously following Japan Guide’s Sakura reports,  hoping we timed our stay in Japan to coincide with the ethereal blooms. We did.

It was magical. Every where we went, even bustling Tokyo streets (as seen above), we were surrounded by the beauty of Sakura. We incorporated Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) into our plans in each city, but one of my favorites was sitting under then cherry trees on a sunny afternoon, eating green tea ice cream, on the Moore Overlook at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima. This overlook has a collection of Henry Moore sculptures leading up to the overlook itself, and gives you a great view of the entire river basin the city sits in.

Another of my favorite Hanami spots was the weeping cherry in Nakanoshima Park, Kyoto (as seen below). We went back at least 4 times to see this spectacular tree in different lights! The Japanese are ingenious: they’ve built a cone of wires to keep birds from landing on the tree and disrupting Sakura.

This year, I’m following Japan Guide’s Sakura reports out of a sense of nostalgia. This year much to the surprise of forecasters, the peak bloom has hit Tokyo 12 days early. Had we planned our trip with the same timing we would have completely missed Sakura this year. It’s an important reminder in the ethereal nature of Sakura, travel, and life. Enjoy every moment knowing that it will never be just as it is now!

Ps- The Washington Journal asked readers to Instagram photos of Sakura with #wsjsakura. You can see the images here!
#wishingIwasthere





I’ve got the travel bug…

31 01 2012

..and I’ve got it bad.

Fortunately, it’s about time Roman and I took another international trip. In the past we’ve spent nearly three weeks in central and eastern Europe, a week in Paris, a week in the Mayan Riviera, and a week on Grand Cayman. Where to then?

This time we’re heading to JAPAN, for 16 days! I can hardly contain my excitement. We’ll be arriving in Osaka, traveling to cities like Iga, Hiroshima, Koyasan, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Nagano, and leaving after 5 whole days in Tokyo.

There’s so much history and culture to see, we could spend a month and not see it all! However, I think we’ll have a pretty incredible trip with the time we have. And, we’ll be there during hanami (Cherry blossom viewing season)!

Every spare moment of my time is going towards planning this trip (hotels, ryokan, vacation rentals; oh, my!). Which is aiding in my overwhelming excitement. If anyone out there has any suggestions of what to see, where to eat, etc., please pass it my way!








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