11 Apr, 2011
A bit over a week ago it was Sakura season and also in Holland there is festival around this. The biggest Japanese community lives in Amstelveen, this is also where the festival was being held. Although this year it was a bit different.
With the disaster that has occured in Japan, this event was dedicated to the victims. The cherry blossom flower marks the beginning of spring, a new season. But also a season where Japan starts to recover from the damage that it has taken from the earthquake and the tsunami.
The pink cherry blossom flowers are there only for about a week, before they start falling of and the trees turn green. In Japan almost everyone goes out and enjoys the cherry blossom, famous Sakura places in Japan also become immensely crowded, but ooh so joyful.
Close to the memorial sign, there was an origami crane hanging from a tree, this symbol reminds me of a story from a girl who lived in Hiroshima; Sadako Sasaki.
It was really nice to see the Sakura again, unfortunately the cheerful atmosphere was not combine with the beauty of the Sakura.
As the sun sets it was time to go back home.