Happy Buddha’s Birthday!

April 8th is Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) in Japan. Today is the day that people celebrate the birth of the Buddha. He was born in Lumbini, Nepal. In Japan people have various events, and anoint statues of the Buddha with sweet tea.

It is also appropriate that it is called the Flower Festival, because now is also when the cherry trees are in full bloom around the center of the country, meaning the Tokyo, Nagoya area. People will be out today and tonight, blue plastic sheets covering the ground near the cherry trees, drinking long into the night. The weather will actually be more cooperative tomorrow, but it is not too bad today.

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