Springtime

I hate spring. Bugs, allergies, and heat. Not to mention summer afterwards. Hate hate hate spring.

In Japan, however, it’s the season of sakura, or cherry blossoms, which last only a few weeks. Of course, there are different times in different areas, so the whole flower-viewing, or 花見(hanami) season is a couple of months. Graduation is also around this time, meaning a lot of tears, sadness, and perhaps anime-like romances. That being said, it’s no surprise that songs like Sakura no Ame and Sayonara Memories are now a big hit. Very pretty.

It makes me think about graduation in America, which seems to have a lot less atmosphere. Still, I’m going to be sad when I won’t be able to see some of my friends anymore (the others, I’ll be glad to not see). I heard somewhere that friends from high school are friends for life. Well, we’ll see.

Sayonara Memories covered by vip Tenchou:

Note: Tenchou is a guy.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
お疲れ様でした(otsukaresama deshita) – literally “you must have been tired”; the connotation is “Good work” and such. Often shortened to just “otsukaresama” or “otsukare.” Informally, there’s also “otsu” which is sometimes represented by the kanji 乙(otsu).

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