Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Everything is Temporary

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.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

What Roxy did next..

Six weeks ago I arrived in Japan, after wanting to work abroad for so long I decided it was time to do it. I applied for jobs back in England and got a job teaching English. As I type this I'm sat in my tiny messy room drinking a Highball (Scotch and Soda) after finishing a long shift at work.

The change was a big change and has forced me to become a slightly different person. I feel a lot less shy than I did in the UK, yet I'm managing to be more socially awkward - not knowing the language does that to you.

But I'm loving my time here so far. I don't think I'll particularly write about events in any order but just as and when the creative bug strikes me.

So today's post... It's Sakura Season in Japan, which means all the cherry blossoms are out and the parks get super crowded and people have drunken picnics under the trees to appreciate the flowers (Or perhaps the alcohol?).

I must admit that while the cherry blossom is beautiful, I just don't understand why everyone likes Hanami so much. Perhaps I'm just some uneducated slob who can't appreciate the beauty, but it's just a load of flowers to me!

But for those of you that do appreciate it, I'll leave you to enjoy the few pictures I took of the Sakura around Ueno Park.

So what do you think? Just flowers, or is there something I'm missing?