Cherry Blossoms in Shinhama Park, Fukushima City, 2018

Cherry blossom trees bloom for such a short period of time that I feel guilty doing anything other than enjoying them. I was so busy this year, I didn’t get to do a proper hanami. (Flower viewing) Actually, on the day I took these photos, I rode my bike to the movie theatre to see the Pixar movie Coco (and feeling guilty that I would be indoors during such wonderful weather.) However, at the theater, I was told that the movie was dubbed into Japanese. I didn’t want to watch the Japanese version, so I kept my money and then rode to the park, where I took these photos and then sat on a bench and read my book.

The playground area. This was completely redone after the earthquake….I’m not sure why. I don’t think it has anything to do with the earthquake itself. The play things are different than what my son played on when he was young, and the grass is not real, it’s plastic. (Ugh!) This park is well-maintained–you can see the workers in the background. It’s one of the nice things about the park, the full-time workers keep it ship-shape.

Oh! the gorgeousness of it makes want to croon…….

I have to admit, this is the “Lazy Amy Hanami Park.” It’s right next to my house, so it’s my go-to park for anything. But it’s the best public park in downtown Fukushima City, so that’s all right.

“Dream”

The view from my bench. Ahhhh! Japan in the spring. It’s a great time to visit (except for the hay fever which MANY people suffer from in Japan in spring, but fortunately I don’t.)

 

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