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.