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March 18, 2005



Here in Vancouver, at least around my house, cherry blossoms are already past their prime. This cherry tree in Stanley Park was still in flower, but no one seemed to be paying special attention to it. Different from Japanese people, for most Canadian people, cherry trees are not more than one of a lot of flowering trees. As I like Hanami, a Japanese custom in which we enjoy outdoor parties under cherry trees in flower, I had a feeling of loneliness looking at this tree. I know that we cannot legally enjoy such parties because drinking in public spaces is banned in Vancouver. But it's simply a waste not to do anything under such beautiful blossoms.

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