The cherry blossoms are budding. Tiny shoots extend from gnarled branches... ready to pop.
In just a few days, Hiroshima will be awash in color. Japanese will shed their dour winter clothes. They'll descend on parks and walking trails and spread their picnic tarps. They'll munch on snacks or elaborate meals. But most of all, they will pour sake, slug beer, and revel in the blossoms.
All is poised for an explosion of color, wine, sensuality, and passion.