Photo Friday: State of Mind / Shinjuku Sakura

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Shinjuku Sakura

Photo Friday Challenge: State of Mind

This week’s photo Friday challenge is actually last week’s photo Friday challenge, “State of Mind.” I’ve been quite busy the past few weeks, so I will post two photo challenges in a row this week!

With spring on its way, I have to think of cherry blossoms, or sakura 桜, because they symbolize spring. Cherry blossoms bloom subsequently from the southern part of Kyushu to the northern part of Hokkaido, and then a few weeks later in a flurry of white-pink blossoms they fall. During that short period of bloom they are truly magnificent.

Also, this Friday is 3/11, which means it has been 5 years since the Tohoku earthquake that rocked Japan. From the destruction from the shaking to the tsunami to the destruction of the nuclear power plant, this was a terrible day for Japan. However, like the cherry blossoms, even though they may fall, they are sure to bloom again strong and magnificent. がんばれ、日本!

This photo was taken in Shinjuku at Shinjuku Park 新宿御苑.

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