Spring in Japan 2014 | Sakura

Hello, everyone :) How are you all doing? I hope you're doing great. Today, I'm going to be sharing a little tiny bit of my spring life in Japan with you all. 

In Japan, people celebrate the beginning of spring around April when the cherry blossom starts to bloom. It's called ohanami, which means "to see flowers (cherry blossom)." People go out for a nice picnic with the family, friends, or their colleague. Ohanami is one of my favorite Japanese traditions. 

Since I was born in spring time, I love spring so much and all the beautiful flowers make me happy and excite me for the year to come.

These photos were taken at my old house, which now my brother's family lives. This cherry blossom is very special to me. When I was born ages ago, my grandfather was so excited and he went to the mountain by himself and picked up this cherry blossom which was only about 50cm when he took it. He brought this back riding his bike. Now this tree is so big and a lot of my neighbors stop by to see it because it is so beautiful in spring. As I grew up, I always saw this tree grow with me. Every year, it gets taller, bigger and more beautiful. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away a long time ago but every time I see this tree, I remember him. I cannot believe that this tree got this big from a very small tree. I want to be beautiful and generous like this tree someday so that I feel like I can say thank you to him :)

Anyway, happy spring! And I hope everyone is enjoying the happy spring time wherever you are. How's your spring there? Is there any tradition? Let me know in the comment! <3

Thank you so much for reading, and I'll see you next time.

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Much love,
Mayumi :)

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