Yesterday, I celebrated the exquisite fragility of youth under the cherry petals with coworkers from China, Russia, India, Vietnam, UK, Turkey, and Japan. Many toasts were drunk to the ephemeral nature of life–and other things.
The somei yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom this week. Thousands of picnickers spread out on tarps under the blossoms in Osaka Castle Park.
The somei yoshino blossoms, with five petals in near-white pink are the classic sakura for hanami. In a week, they’ll be gone.