There’s nothing quite like cherry blossoms. First, they remind me of a subtle treat. They’re called cherry blossoms, but they do not produce fruit, though the flowers and even the leaves are used as culinary ingredients in Japanese food.

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It is rather the visual attractiveness of the blossoms, their exquisite delicacy, their startling appearance, and especially their quick disappearance, that make them so much like a child’s favorite treat.

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They suddenly burst forth like popcorn.

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And they rapidly fill the sky.

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Light and fluffy,

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Like cotton candy.

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Passing, like a cloud. Like childhood.

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Surreal. Like a dream.

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This year’s cherry blossoms inspired me to make green tea frosting. One teaspoon of Matcha added to neutral or vanilla frosting, and you get two in one: tea and dessert!

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Cherry blossom trees seem to extend one to another, like good friends. The friendship began in 1912, when Japan gifted 3,020 cherry blossom trees to the United States.

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An unclear, hazy friendship that was spoiled during World War II.

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A time when, in the land of green tea, soldiers lined up to die.

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They were ordered to scatter, like cherry blossoms on land. Or from above, in airplanes. Kamikaze airplanes with cherry blossoms painted on their side.

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The falling petals were seen as the sacrifice of youth for the homeland.

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The new flowers, the reincarnated souls of dead soldiers.

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Today, cherry blossoms look like a haven from all enemies.

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People of all kinds and from all corners of a troubled world wander under the blossoms. And for a very short time, they allow themselves to see “life in pink”.

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