Hanami 2007

March 31, 2007 · Print This Article

This afternoon I met three of my old students from Hosei University, two of which went back with me to Florida about four years ago. The weather didn’t cooperate too much as there was heavy overcast with no sun at all peaking through, and it was chilly, exactly the opposite of the two previous days which were sunny and warm. We went to Shinjuku Gyoen, which I have been to about 20 times, but only one of the other three had ever been there even a single time before! Shocking to me.

I knew exactly where to go for a nice hanami (picnic under cherry blossoms) spot. Despite the weather, we had a good supply of western foods and snacks to chow on and it was good for everyone to catch up with each other’s various travels to Spain, Paris, Egypt, Turkey, etc. Also, due to the ill weather, the park itself was not overly crowded.

Earlier, on Thursday I met a friend in Hibiya Park where we ate lunch on a bench under a very nice sakura (cherry blossom) tree in hot sunshine. It was a very pleasant way to pass the afternoon, especially knowing most people were working in the neighboring skyscrapers. One baby kept coming over to us, well, her, and offering us water or whatever he was drinking.

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