Thank goodness for this, even though the days of its bloom are always short-lived. It seems this year to have defied that a bit. It has survived cool weather and at least a couple of rainy days. The blossoms are still with us although, the petals (hana bira・花びら) are now falling (like snowflakes…) and the green leaves are emerging.
For the brief period of its bloom, regardless that it happens every year, I’m captivated. I fall under its spell and all I want to do is look skywards, stand under the pink clouds, breathe in the delicate fragrance and simply look.