SPRINGTIME IN JAPAN. I always associate hope and new beginnings to spring. And Japan needs strength to rebuild and move on. It's been more than a month since the March 11 earthquake and Japan, unfortunately, continues to experience countless aftershocks. Hopefully, everything will be still soon.
once a shackled earth
broken and rocked forever
be still Dear Japan
Despite of getting a pollen allergy during this time, I still look forward to it. Along the streets, you can see buds growing and trying to carpet the sidewalks. It would be concrete paradise anytime soon, in my prefecture of course.
Also, it is about time to abuse my webbed macro lens. Shooting blooms with macro lens it's a time travel of sort. It brings you to another dimension, showing off details that can't easily be noticed by our eyes.
Sometimes, you have to appreciate the small things around you. You may miss an golden opportunity if you only look forward to big and easily found items. Ah, spring. Thank you for painting the town in pastel.
During spring, sakura (cherry blossoms) in Japan is very popular, both to locals and foreigners. There are lots of sakura varieties but, yeah, shame on me, I can't really name one kind. I took an emergency leave to the Philippines for a week and when I returned to Japan I was surprised that sakura was already in full bloom. Considering that sakura only shows-off for a week (or two), I decided to go around the neighborhood one Sunday afternoon and these are all what I got.
It was good to see lots of Japanese in the park, enjoying the spring season. Most of them are with their family and friends, having BBQ, picnic. It was a picture of normal Japan. For a short time, no trace of tragedy on their faces.
Japan is on its way to recovery. Sooner than everyone thinks.
For the days, months, or years to come. I can only hope BE STILL JAPAN.
Help Japan, if you can.