The sakura blossom does not last long, typically only a week. Its departure is as dramatic and exciting as its arrival. Where there are scores of sakura grouped together a gentle breeze will create a snow storm of petals. These then dot the streets and rivers creating a moving abstract pointillist painting.
The shower of cherry blossoms has appeared in dozens of Japanese films, the metaphor ripe for interpretation. We know this scene well. But to experience it firsthand is something magical. One can't help but smile and gasp when caught in such a storm.