Hanami or “flower viewing” is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning sakura (cherry) blossoms or ume (plum blossoms). From mid January to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. Since Japan is too far from where we are, the kids and I enjoy are own viewing in spring. There are a variety of plum, peach and cherry trees around especially in the street leading to their school.

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I have been taking photos one day at a time to compare the blossoms. One day they were naked, second their light pink and in full bloom the next. I just hope I’d still see them when the petals are on the ground, literally making the  grounds the street of a thousand blossoms.

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At times I get confused as to which are cherry blossoms and which are peach blossoms (momo). These are white and pink sakuras that almost look like momo because they have lots of petals. The leaves would confirm though that they’re indeed sakura.

For those who wonder, I am not Japanese but Filipino, my husband is Filipino-Singaporean but we are enthusiasts  of Japanese cuisine, songs, culture, language, basically anything Japanese…(anime, cosplay, manga, comedy, actors, singers…) I’ve never been to Japan but I am in constant contact with friends and relatives there, learning the language slowly, acquiring new recipes 😉 and turning Japanese bit by bit (kidding!).  Should we have a chance and the means, we’d live there for the rest of our lives. 🙂

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The tulips are not to be left behind. They are also in full bloom now, in all colors but I need more time “flower viewing” to capture all. Hopefully this week. 🙂

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Enjoy the week ahead.

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