It is cherry blossom season in Japan. This signals the arrival of Spring, amongst other things. 2018 is year Heisei 30 in the Japanese calendar but April is the beginning of the new year, March the end of the cold winter.  Girls can be seen in special kimonos at graduation ceremonies. Children leave home to begin careers in the cities. A new school year begins.  Rice is planted and there is a small window of nice weather between winter and the first of many rainy spells that affect the warmer months in Japan.

No wonder much of the county heads out to a park to eat and drink under the trees and reflect on their hopes or time that has passed.I cannot explain why I developed a heightened awareness on the passing of time and it’s value Vs wealth but I decided to do things differently for awhile a few years back.

For better or worse I daydream a lot and so decided I better go do some of those ‘one day’ things before getting too comfortable and life passing me by.   Easier said than done! It feels very peculiar, stupid even, to go against the common consensus that a designer kitchen and German car are signs of a successful life. I am not convinced giving up a solid career wasn’t the ultimate stupid thing I have done in a life littered with foolishness.

But the cherry blossoms burst to life then before you know it half of them have already fallen to the ground and are swept away by a gust of wind… The FJR is wearing new set of Bridgestone BT023GT tyres ready for the riding season. Roll on warm weather!



  1. Cherry blossom season in Japan. I don't think you could see a better spectacle of the blooms anywhere else.

    • I like them at the late stage of blooming when all the petals are showering down. Where many trees are grouped together, it can look like it is snowing. But otherwise not being Japanese I do not find them as striking or meaningful as people here do.

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