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Cherry Blossoms

Or another excuse for the Japanese to drink.

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Every year in April the cherry blossoms come out. Most trees here are cherry blossoms, so there are pink blossoms everywhere. The trees on the southern island of Kyushu bloom first and there are actually updates in the newspaper telling where the cherry blossoms are blooming now.

This is a very big celebration every year. What people do is they get a tarp or a blanket and go have a picnic and get drunk underneath the blossoms.

So, we decided to make our way back up to Kyoto and Arashiyama to check out the cherry blossoms and see what the deal is.

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Sure, it's pretty awesome to see a blanket of pink flowers lining the riverbanks and train lines. I actually prefer the plum blossoms to the cherry blossoms. They bloom slightly earlier, and the flowers are the size of your palm. Most are white, but there are some that are pinkish, and others that are white on the inside but purple on the outside.

This was also the first day we decided to get crêpes. There are crêpe stalls all over the place here. they make you a really thin crêpe and roll it up with whatever sweet or savoury filling you want. I'm partial to the chocolate-almond-custard-whipped cream ones. Andrew likes the ones with berries and ice cream (he also thinks there was corn flakes in the one he had), but those aren't tidy enough for me to eat. You can get ones with chicken salad and sandwich-type fillings too. They're so good. In general there are a lot of places to get sweets here. It's amazing not many people here are overweight.

Needless to say, we're probably going to have a lot more crêpes while we're here.

Posted by agc_cwm 20:28 Archived in Japan

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