11. May 2020
Sakura Starts Blooming in Abashiri
The sakura cherry blossoms in Abashiri finally bloomed on May 7. Four long-waited months since the first sakura flower bloomed in the southwestern islands of Okinawa early January this year.
I have my own observation point that I go and check out every year. It’s an old tree at the foot of Mt. Tento along a half-deserted pathway. (By the way, Mt. Tento is a hill just 207 meters sea level.) How old it is, I don’t know. But its twining branches, its crooked trunk and scorched bark tell me that the old man has been there for more than a couple of decades. May he continue to be there and share his life and the rustic beauty with me! It’s my wabi-sabi in Abashiri.