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I felt like Goldilocks today.  Everything was just right.  Not too cold, not too hot, not too early, not too late.  I’m talking sakura (cherry blossoms)!  This year, our timing is good and it was a day for smiles, not only ours, but, it seemed for everyone else on this side of the world too.

The morning dawned bright and sunny as we followed a friend’s lead to see the weeping cherries in bloom in the palace garden.  My anticipation levels have been off the charts for a few days now and soon after we entered the grounds of the palace, we spotted the blooms and followed the crowds to gaze at the trees and take photos to remember the moment.

I hope these photos convey  the beauty that awaited us.  It is reassuring in these troubled times to see that people of the world take the time to come together to admire and wonder at the spectacular blessings of nature.


A group of friends from Taiwan.


Looking skyward.


This couple and their entourage told us they’d traveled from Taiwan to have a wedding picture taken here.  The woman in the yellow cap was proud to let us know she was the mother of the groom.


Nature’s lace, weeping cherry branches.

I wondered how many sakura seasons this gentleman has photographed?  Love that he’s still at it.

Probably my favorite moment, watching these two life partners, with identical body language. 



Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


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  • novaloverro says:

    So very beautiful

  • Sheri Overall says:

    Magnifique!!!! So happy that you made it in time for this beautiful gift from Mother Nature.

  • Judi Wallner says:

    You look blissfully happy! I’m not surprised! Jimmy, Christen and Lincoln just boarded a plane for Toyko this morning and will also come to Kyoto at some point…unsure when. Enjoy, enjoy…it does look like the height of the season! Hugs to you both! J

  • Brett Vapnek says:

    Great news! You guys look very happy. Happy for you!

  • Mark dendy says:

    Wowl simply gorgeous! The picture of you and Danny is especially great to see. The vivid pink is incredible. And you look so happy

    • devapnek says:

      Thanks, Mark! It’s pretty wonderful. Just when I think I can’t look at another cherry tree, I suddenly find myself gasping at the beauty of another tree! xo

  • Carol Kosteerka says:

    So happy you are there to enjoy the beauty of spring