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A Solitary Cherry Tree

Cherry tree in full bloom along Itachi River

Reynald Ventura   2018年3月23日

Discovering this solitary cherry tree at Nakanocho Sakon Park (中野町左近公園) was pure serendipity.

From JR Ofuna Station, I took the Keihin Tohoku Line bound for Yokohama. I got off at Hongoudai, the next station, and walked south towards the Itachi River. It took about five minutes. Cherry blossoms were in full in bloom on both sides of the river. I walked upriver to the direction of the Itachi River Ougi Bridge Waterside (いたち川 扇橋の水辺) where I wanted to see the famed red bridge. At Tenjin Bridge (天神橋), I crossed the road to the other side and continued walking upstream. I came to Nittou Bridge (日東橋). Looking to the right for oncoming vehicles, I spotted a tree laden with bright pink blossoms on a hill. The blossoms beckoned me; I walked uphill. The young cherry tree marked the entrance to Nakanocho Sakon Park.

A few days ago, I visited this tree again. The buds are going to blossom in a few days.

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Reynald Ventura

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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.

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