the sakura are beginning to blossom here. the trees are peppered with buds ready to burst with color and flower. japan has a long tradition of celebrating the cherry blossom blooms. long ago, their blooms announced the upcoming rice planting season. then and now, the delicate beauty of the blossom could be a metaphor for the fleeting passage of time. regardless, the blossoms are a beauty to behold, and their arrival brings family and friends out to the parks to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of life.