Marvelously adapted to the rigours of urban life these once free and rural creatures blend in naturally to all that the metropolis has to offer but often hanker after the countryside. This feeling causes them to return each spring to the cherry tree where they were spawned to wallow in alcoholic excess and have a really good time, forgetting perhaps for a while, the troubles of their existence.
Maybe not this year though as the attention grabbing Gov’nor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, has called on people not to enjoy their hanami parties out of respect for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Meanwhile saki makers in Iwate are appealing for people to do the exact opposite, indeed they are pleading with them to go out and enjoy themselves and in the process, hopefully by drinking a lot of saki that comes from the worst hit areas of Japan, they will be able to keep something of the local business going in these difficult times for people that have lost pretty much everything else.
Sounds like a good idea to me. Another foot fault by Ishihara. Bet he still wins the election next week though.
A lot of things are being cancelled but here is a list of 66 things that are still going on in Tokyo courtesy of Time Out.