The other day, my best friend from Mexico sent me some pictures she found in an old CD album that I made for her a long time ago. It had pictures from our time in high school, and among those was one album titled “Sakura,” meaning cherry blossoms. My friend told me that she still remembers how much I longed to experience seeing the cherry blossom with my own eyes. My first six months in Japan were timed so that I would stay exactly until the end of April and have the chance to see them bloom. Unfortunately, I had to change my plans and leave Japan early. By the time I arrived back in Mexico, my friends in Japan were posting pictures of the cherry blossoms just one day after I left! Who knew that sakura could be such trolls? As you may know, these flowers bloom for no more than 2.5 weeks, and stay in full bloom for only around 1 week. Weather conditions like rainy or windy days may cut that time even shorter since these flowers are very delicate.