Just a short note of appreciation for The Japan Times columns of Kaori Shoji and Thomas Dillon (When East Marries West). The insight, humor and wit from both are an absolute balance on the daily news from North Korea, Iran, Middle East, Africa, etc.

As for Shoji’s March 11 article, “A personal invitation to the I-hate-cherry-blossoms club,” often I have been asked by counterparts from overseas as to what the big deal is about cherry blossoms. Time and again I have tried to “educate” them, perhaps too haphazardly.

Shoji explains it all in a manner that I could not even dream of doing. I have forwarded her article to all for their better understanding. Problem solved and thank you.

makoto abe
kamakura, kanagawa

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