Spring has come, and with it comes a wash of color over a drab world. The early white blooms of maehwa trees, the golden petals of the sansuyu, and the pinkish white of cherry blossoms. The dry cold of winter disappears and within a matter of weeks, it’s comfortable to wear a T-shirt outside. Korea is a place best experienced in the shoulder seasons, and spring is perhaps the most beautiful of the two.
Look at the cherry blossoms!
Their color and scent fall with them,
Are gone forever,
The spring comes again.” – Ikkyu