Partings and meetings

April 1 is the beginning of a new season for everyone.
Workers are transfered the other departments.
New recruits join their company.
Students go to the next grades.

There are always many partings and meetings in this season.
Every year during this time, people usually hold a lot of farewell parties and receptions.
They show their appreciation and deliver speeches at farewell parties.
On the other hand people express their hopes and expectations at receptions.

This year it is not likely that big parties will be held everywhere because of the earthquake, but modest parties will still be held as usual.

As for my family and I, we will try to familiarized ourselves to the changed circumstance which means meeting with new friends, teachers and colleagues.
We feel a little stress in adapting to a environment.

This custom has some problems such as the impediment on the mobility of human resources, but most Japanese feel oblige to follow the tradition.

Japanese love the cherry blossoms which take place suddenly and finish fleetingly.
They like to project their “only once in the life (like Forest Gump)” desire onto the cherry blossom.

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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing.

16 thoughts on “Partings and meetings”

  1. A fresh start for everyone.

    And this time, a start towards life viewed and lived differently after the earthquake and tsunami?

  2. Best wishes to you in your new season. I really love cherry blossoms too. I can’t wait for them to bloom this year. They are really a stunningly beautiful offspring of nature.

  3. ใ‚คใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚นใฎไผš็คพใฏ๏ผ”ๆœˆใงใ™ใŒใ€ๅญฆๆ กใฏ๏ผ™ๆœˆใงใ™ใ€‚

    1. ็ง‹ใ‚‚ใ€้Žใ”ใ—ใ‚„ใ™ใใฆใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚็ด…่‘‰ใชใฉใจใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

  4. Cherry blossom is really beautiful! I’ve seen that in Kyoto few years ago! Those pink and white flowers along the river side are just amazing!

  5. Happy April 1st. The pretty flowers in that photo make me smile. To think it’s four months into 2011. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Very interesting tradition to observe on April 1st. Like you wrote, it creates a sense of order and restrictions on mobility. I wish you and your family cherry blossom filled days. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Finally catching up after taking time out to handle offline stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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