Yes. I have started counting down the days knowing that full bloom is still weeks away. It’s hard to avoid when shops have stocked their shelves with tempting ‘sakura’ items. Various goods range from tumblers and stationery, to teas, sweets and yes…even beer!
I look forward to cherry blossoms every year and enjoy picnics under the trees with my family and friends watching the lovely petals flutter down. I also love what it evokes – saying goodbye to the end of life’s many cycles and welcoming the beginning of new things to come. It’s beautiful.
There are a couple of famous songs I like listening to around this time of year. I really like Kobukuro’s Sakura song. The lyrics are melancholic, but the singer’s voice and the music is really moving. Ikimonogakari’s Sakura song is another one I like. It’s not as sad as Kobukuro’s song, but more reminiscent about events that have passed, and hopeful about the promises that we hold on to.
Do you have a favorite song about cherry blossoms?