Hi everyone it's Saori from Gion Ryokan Q-beh.
Spring has sprung ! Cherry blossoms put Kyoto into a good mood. People see sakura as festive, nostalgic, aesthetically pleasing or simply a good excuse for a party. Everyone wants to be out under the trees and take pictures of the fleeting beauty of the blossoms.
I hung out with my friend from Malaysia yesterday to enjoy sakura trees at Philosopher's Path which is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of the city. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.
It was PACKED. Literally "packed".
It was so crowded that it took us a while just to find each other. We heard different languages and camera shutter sounds all around us. It was no longer a quiet path that a philosopher can take a walk and contemplate.
Please don't get me wrong, the path looked still with fully bloomed beautiful sakura. It was just a bit too crowded to appreciate the blossoms as much.
Luckily, I suddenly remembered about a secret path with sakura trees only some locals know while we were having ramen after we turned into a side street. It wasn't too far from Philosopher's Path. I am not going to tell you where exactly it is because I'd like to preserve some nice places for local people to enjoy..
The petals of sakura flowers were swirling around just like snow flakes. I felt like I was day dreaming. I think I love sakura and early spring despite the crowd after all...