Middle-aged man #1: The plum blossoms are out in (Tokyo’s) Komazawa Park. Not much longer till cherry blossom season. Planning anything special this year?

Middle-aged man #2: I was just going to do the same as every year — go to Ueno Park.

Middle-aged man #1: Ueno Park’s really crowded, isn’t it?

Middle-aged man #2: Yeah, but it’s the only guaranteed way I get to see my friends.

— Shibuya Station, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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