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When East Meets West
Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr.

Japan is on high alert now-Code Pink I'm referring to the cherry blossom alert. The blushing blossoms carpet Japan from Southern Kyushu to Hokkaido. 

The cherry blossom report is broadcasts on the nightly news alongside the weather report.

Cherry blossom reports are extremely accurate.

When reported in Fukuoka Prefecture the blossoms would burst forth from their buds on about March 25, two days earlier than the previous year.

Japanese have a special affection for the cherry tree with its transient blossom. The subject of cherry blossom viewing has long occupied an important place in Japanese fine arts and literature. When cherry blossoms are at their best, groups of friends, family, and business colleagues arrange picnics under the trees in popular areas around Japan.
In our area of Kitakyushu, City there is a variety of popular places for viewing these magnificent blossoms near my home. 

Some people enjoy the beauty of the blossoms in a quiet mood, when others spread straw mats or plastic sheeting on the ground to sit under the trees, while others like to drink Japanese Sake, while eating and singing traditional songs. For many Japanese, cherry blossom viewing is merely a pretext for partying and having a good time outdoors. 

Warm Regards & Happy Easter from Sunny Kitakyushu, City, Japan
Hank & Keiko Miller Jr.  

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