Spring is probably the most famous season in Japan given the worldwide love of cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms, or sakura in Japanese, are known for being intensely beautiful, but only for a short while. Typically they are in bloom for about one week before the blossoms turn to green leaves. Here are some of the photos I took with my phone of the cherry blossoms in Shimada and Fujieda, our neighboring city.
It was months ago when a friend asked me if I wanted to go see the dance practice for the Kanaya Cha Matsuri, or Tea Festival, which is held every two years. When I showed up to the freezing elementary school gym that night I had no idea what to expect, but I filled out the sign-up sheet and we were off.
We rehearsed for a few months leading up to April 9th and 10th. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend a few practices, but in the last few weeks leading up to the festival I spent many hours rehearsing the dances with youtube videos on my iphone to try and not entirely embarrass myself at the actual festival.