Glorious double cherries in bloom in the courtyard of the art center yesterday, This is very like the blossoms of the tree Mr's. Yamagata showed us so proudly when we visited Japan in 1997. On last year's visit they taught us the cherry blossom song "Sakura, Sakura, Sakura" in Matsuyama. And when we visited the Yamagatas in Tokyo, Mr. Yamagate was so very, very thin, These springtime blossoms are so fleeting, but spring does come around again almost before you know it. BUt as they are fading that isn't much consolation. Good night.