桜 (sakura) (cherry blossoms) have come and gone this year. For the second time in the pandemic the opportunity to 花見 (hanami) (cherry blossom viewing) with friends was squashed. Luckily, the first year I was here (2019), I opted into this new, to me, activity. I’m looking forward to doing it with friends again in 2022.
My new apartment in 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku) (Chiyoda Ward) is right near 日本武道館 (Nippon Budōkan), 皇居 (Kōkyo) (Imperial Palace), and 靖国神社 (Yasukunijinja) (Yasukuni Shrine). The 桜 here are the best in 東京 (Tōkyō) and some of the best in Japan. Although there are some very special places in 田舎 (inaka) (the countryside). But anyway, it was a good place to live to quickly check on the trees every day and watch them change over the 2 weeks or so that the season lasts.