Friday, April 4, 2008
I had my first introduction to Sakura, or the start of the cherry blossom season this past weekend. Looking over the edge of the elevated platform at the Tsurumai Station, three or four stops from Nagoya Central.I mention Tsurumai station because you have never heard of that, it's basically not a tourist area of Japan which is good in that I got a different prespective of this whole event. Outside of Tsurumai station is Tsurumai Park, walking off the train, you see thisA large grove of cherry trees and stands selling food and stuff to your left and right. But when you walk up closer to the trees, you start to understand there is a party going on in there.It seems like these people are getting out of the house for the first time since fall and enjoying food, wine and beer. Everyone was talking and hanging out with old and new friends. Now, it was not to difficult to join the party, I just made an educated guess, walked up, popped off my shoes, sat down, said konichiwa and hope someone spoke English. Yep, no problemI ended up being there all night, talking politics and such. It's really nice, if you look you can see the japanese style lamps strung through the trees.Not only is this festival a time for people to spend time together, it turns out its also a good time to trash parks in Japan. When we all left, this place was trashed. Unfortuntally, I had to work the next morning, so sometime around 11pm, I had to rush down to the subway and take off.