Sakura trees, or cherry blossom trees, have always seemed magical to us. As a child, we used to see cherry blossoms in Japanese dramas and movies. We’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to stand under the iconic pink-and-white petals, and we had the chance to do just that last week – not in Japan, but here in Los Angeles.
We discovered that LA has several gardens that host cherry blossom viewing festivals, or hanami. Hanami is a Japanese tradition that celebrates spring by appreciating nature’s wonders, including cherry blossoms.
Last week, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we went to the Japanese Gardens at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Pink trees dotted the landscape, snaking around the winding path, the lake, and the traditional Japanese buildings. We could smell the sweet scent of the flowers in the air. As we walked under the trees, we could see small pink petals falling like a gentle rain around us.
It was such a peaceful experience to walk along the path and to watch the pink flowers swaying in the wind and floating dreamily to the ground. At one point, a man asked us to take a photo of him and his girlfriend. We weren’t expecting him to get on one knee with a ring in his hand. She said yes, of course. Who could say no when surrounded by such beautiful flowers?
Athena Lim & Alysta Lim