The Flower Festival 2017.07.27
As I said earlier, one thing I wanted to do here was to better understand Japanese culture.
I had already realized this with hanami (articles about it: this one, this one and this one), but the Japanese place an enormous importance on the seasons. In France, the seasons are not so marked, and we do not give them so much importance. In Japan, you learn to marvel about the flowering of flowers during the spring. So I wanted to do the same.
Besides the cherry season, there are plenty of parks that offer to admire the flowering of different flowers. As I said in this article, my guesthouse offers me a closeness with Tachikawa, which allowed me to go and admire the Showa Kinen Park during the festival of flowers which took place at the end of April.
However, the day was very unstable on the weather. We arrived under a beautiful sun, but when we had crossed the entrance a torrential rain fell. We had to shelter for an hour in a restaurant. The advantage for us was that many people left the park!
When the rain was calmer, we went out armed with our umbrellas, but 10min later the sun was back again, not allowing to finally enjoy the park!
After a good hour of walking, we took yakisoba and tasted it in the park. Then we went into the fields of tulips.
Two hours later, the torrential rain returned. Everyone ran to shelter and we were the only happy idiots to make selfies in the fields of empty flowers.
There were gusts of wind very violent and it was amazing to think that there were barely a few minutes the sun and the blue sky were there!
20min later, the rain was again left and offer to us a wonderful blue sky! The weather was so beautiful that we even got icecream and took a nap in the park!
This day, despite the weather, was truly magnificent in every respect.
I understand better now why the Japanese take the time to admire the flowers. The ephemeral is a beautiful and precious thing and we forget that in France, and it is a pity.
My life in Japan allows me to reconcile myself on what is important in life, to pay attention to detail and to what is really important. I knew I was going to learn a lot of things here, but I did not realize how much I was going to learn about myself.
My name is Maud, I'm 27yo, from Paris and I'm UX designer.
After 5 trips in Japan, I finally decided to settle there for an indefinite period to learn Japanese and to discover the daily life in this wonderful country :)
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