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There is a town in Izu peninsula, Kawazu. The cherry blossoms of Kawazu are famous as the first cherry blossoms in Tokyo / Kanto region. This winter was severe, the cherry in Kawazu delayed for 2 weeks.
We Japanese love cherry blossoms, not only to see the beauty of blossoms but to have cozy eating, drinking and singing parties under the blossoms. The cherry blossoms mean big chance for food, restaurant and tourism industries; since the majority of Japanese are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the season. Local townships are also very enthusiastic to attract tourists. Therefore to reserve the tickets, to book restaurants and hotels should be done in good time.
The delayed cherry blossoms in Kawazu made hell of troubles for both the local people and for the tourists. A few selected cherry trees got special treatment; their root systems were warmed up so that to avoid the catastrophe i.e. none blossoms.
But the weather in Tokyo dramatically changed, to a very warm spring. The cherry blossoms started 2 weeks earlier than usual. The cherry blossom industries in Tokyo had to prepare for the big chance 2 weeks before their plans. The night light-up system and the facilities for the huge amount of visitors such as WC and extra dust bins were not ready on the arrival of blossoms. The temporally restaurants with many tents, tables and chairs were not completed in time.
A blossom time with 2 weeks delayed openings and also 2 weeks too early endings made this season rich and condensed. We could enjoy many different blossoms together. Cherry trees are a kind of roses therefore we can rather easily create new sorts of blossoms. In Ueno Park there are 1,000 cherry trees of 50 sorts.
Chinese people have loved peonies for long time, at least since the Tang period, AD 618-907. Netherlands had the period of Tulipomania. When I look around my daily life, there are so many artificial species. Beef and milk cows, horses, dogs, cats, hens, grain, vegetables and fruit, all of them are made by men to satisfy their desire. We have intervened in the nature$B!G(Bs orders as to make them fitting for our own purposes. As if we were the master of this planet.
This attitude, this pattern of behavior has driven us spending the resources of fossil fuels to nearly dry out, getting into the atomic energy system and to chase us fighting against Global Warming.
Shall we depart to another planet leaving the dried out Globe? $B!!(BShall the Silent Spring come before our departure?