A French Bulldog and the Cherry Blossoms
Not all cherry blossoms are created equal. Some are darker pink, others are lighter ones. There may be a hundred and one shades of pink among the sakura in Japan. Some have five petals; others have more than a dozen. Some cherry blossoms ‘look up’ to heaven, others ‘look down’ to earth. Some ‘weep’ and some ‘rejoice.’ Looking up to heaven or looking down to earth, well at least they are equal in the eyes of the gods and dogs.
The other day, I went for a walk with Bruno, my dog, to Hongodai Yonchome Dai-ni Park (本郷台四丁目第二公園). Of course he doesn’t care about cherry blossoms; he’s only interested in pretty poodles and Chihuahuas. The ‘rejoicing’ someiyoshino and the ‘weeping’ shidarezakura were preparing themselves to full blossoming. The 4030㎡-park is a great place to have a picnic.
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Hongodai Yonchome Dai-ni Park (本郷台四丁目第二公園) is an 18 minute walk from JR Hongodai Station. The distance is 1.1 kilometer. From Miharashi Bashi Bus Stop (Enoden), it takes two-minutes on foot.
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I have a little garden: slightly bigger than the forehead of a cat. I grow herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, and mint, and lemon grass, and lavender, and basil. Occasionally, I cook for myself. Sometimes, my Japanese wife and my daughter like my cooking. I come from the Philippines – it is said that there are more than seven thousand islands but I do not own one. I’d love to, though. I always carry a camera with me – in my walks, journeys, and wanderings. Most of the time, I’m home – staring at Fujisan and writing something.