We are so thankful to be in Japan for the cherry blossom season which we planned of course and we want to fully enjoy the beauty. The Japanese people love their cherry blossoms and they have a custom of having picnics under the cherry blossoms which they call a hanami. They bring large mats, tables and lots of food and drink to just enjoy the season. The parks are jam packed with people, food stalls and trash disposal bins. Trash disposal is very hard to find usually but many special bins are available during sakura(cherry blossom) season. We have already had one small hanami with Michiko which we posted previously. We are also planning on visiting Kevin, Ai, Lilly and Keitaro. Kevin is the son of Jim’s cousin Sylvia who grew up in Kenya where her father was a medical missionary. Jim and his family lived in Ethiopia and met up several times with Sylvia and her family in Kenya for safaris. Jim and Sylvia have remained close over the years and she lived at his home in North Carolina for one year of high school. We are so delighted to have so many interactions with her son Kevin and his family.