Well I am a proud owner of a cherry blossom tree which I plan to put in my back yard next week. I am having a tree service come out and plant it for me and I can’t wait. It will take a while before I will be able to sit under it when it blooms, but I cannot wait till then. I fell in love with them when I was over in Japan while my husband was stationed there. We were there for 3 years and I have to say I loved it so much and really wish we could have gone back. Grant it the plane tickets home to visit family in the states where expensive, but I will love living there.
We went to our first cherry blossom festival and viewing our first year there. My husband’s unit thought it would be nice if a few of them went with their families to check it out since we were all new to the area. If was so much fun and lively event. I had seen things similar to it in Japanese anime, but was not sure if it help true or even close. Well I have to tell you it does (or at least it similar to the anime depending on where you are living in Japan).
There were a lot of people in yukata and kimonos. There was so much color, patterns and everything that it made it all so wonderful. Some of the wives made lunches and we had picnics under the trees during the day and then went to the festival in the evening ad watch fireworks (our husbands where not too happy with that part though).
I think that is when I truly fell in love with the Cherry Trees and we had gone to it each year we were there and a few of us wives would have picnics with each other and their children during the day and our puppy (yes they allow animals but the quarantine for them is horrible) unless you buy the puppy in Japan, which we did. She is a cut mixed mutt we found in the rescue, she is so adorable that I named her Sakura. If anyone know the meaning of Sakura is then you will not be surprised when I say it mean “Cherry Blossom”. She has since grown and fits in well with our family and she loves our little girl.
Once we came back to the states I was a little depressed because I started missing the things that became familiar to me, so we decided to get a cherry blossom tree and continue our new tradition we started when we lived in Japan. I can’t wait to have picnics under the cherry blossoms with my family and friends once we are able to. I also plan to have our daughter dressed in her yukata when we do family gatherings that will take place under the cherry tree. All of our family said they will be happy to participate in this new tradition and when our daughter gets older we plan to go to Japan again for a visit during one of their cherry Blossom Festival events.
Well I am going to get going and let my hubby know (he just walked through the door) that we are getting our cherry tree this weekend.
Stay tuned to this blog.