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It is a heartwarming to know that not only in Tokyo, but also elsewhere across Japan that cherry blossoms are in full bloom now.

It is difficult to find a place without cherry blossoms at this time of the year in my city of Hadano.

Attracted by cherry trees in full bloom, I took a very long walk this morning.

So many small birds were flying around the blossoms, and they seemed also to enjoy the beauty. But there was one big black bird that wasn’t moving high in the midst of a cherry tree. I watched carefully and discovered that a crow had built its nest there.

Isn’t it an excellent power of the crow? It is not so satisfied with just the natural beauty; it wisely understands security and makes its nest. Is this really one of cho nouryoku (the superpower of) birds? I wonder what they think of human beings’ behavior of eating and drinking (and viewing) under the trees, compared with their abilities.

HIROSHI NORO
HADANO, KANAGAWA PREFECTURE

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