Sakura in Hamamatsu

I got up early to see flowers this morning. I think it’s the first time in my life I have ever done that. Does that mean I’m getting old? Or perhaps just that Japan is rubbing off on me. Even though I’m planning to go to Hamamatsu Castle Park for hanami (a cherry blossom viewing party) on Sunday, I felt compelled to go and see the sakura (cherry blossom) today, just in case I missed it at its best. Sakura is so fleeting, and can seem to vanish almost over night. It reminded me that I shouldn’t put off the things I want to do, or the things I need to do. Perhaps I should keep this “last chance” feeling with me and try to live for the moment a little more.

Anyway, enough philosophising! I took a lot of photos, and here are some of them:

Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Sakura, Hamamatsu Castle Park, 7th April 2011

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Cherry Blossom Ducks

As always, the full collection can be seen on Flickr.

In other news, the new teacher is arriving at my school tomorrow and I’m nervous! It’s a weird feeling, being replaced. Today was my last Thursday at work – only four working days to go now! My time in Japan is passing by so quickly now, like the cherry blossom season. People keep asking me why I’m leaving and what I’m going to do when I get back to England. It’s hard to answer, except to say simply “I don’t know”. I just hope that whatever I end up doing will be in some way connected to Japan, and that I can continue to celebrate this beautiful country and encourage people to visit.

3 thoughts on “Sakura in Hamamatsu

  1. It’s always good when you can find time to smell the roses…and then if it if’s early in the morning it’s only fair that you smell the Starbucks coffee too! xx

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  2. Looks beautiful. I’ll be going out later to take my own pictures of cherry blossoms at a nearby river. But from my apartment, I can see a very large blooming cherry tree a couple streets over.

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