Some cross-cultural observations from Japan and the UK.
Sunday, 12 April 2009
The cherry blossoms are out in Tokyo. Here's the view from Iidabashi Bridge. The blossoms are an annual reminder to the Japanese that life is fragile and fleeting. Japanese people ask me why Brits don't celebrate the cherry blossoms. I think the answer is that Brits view Spring as a time of renewal, demonstrating that life goes on regardless. Japanese enjoy their melancholy, Brits prefer to be cheerful and upbeat.