In the Disney movie Mulan, Fa Zhou, Mulan's father says, "My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one's late. But I'll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all."
That basically sums up my hanami experience this year. I was too late. I only saw the most beautiful blossoms.
This was my first visit to Japan in the spring. The leaves on all the trees were just starting to emerge from their buds, making for a blend of greens we never get to see on Saipan.
Oh, if only I weren't color blind. I'm sure the greens are even more beautiful when you can actually see green.
The dandelions were starting to peek out, too. I'll save my Angelo dandelion in Japan story for another time.
The weather was terrible though. The skies were grey. Fortunately, it didn't start pouring until I reached the AEON. Lucky me.