Sabtu, 31 Maret 2018

Hanami 花見

It is cherry blossom season in Japan. This signals the arrival of Spring, amongst other things. 2018 is year Heisei 30 in the Japanese calendar but April is the beginning of the new year, March the end of the cold winter.  Girls can be seen in special kimonos at graduation ceremonies. Children leave home to begin careers in the cities. A new school year begins.  Rice is planted and there is a


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