Annually, at this time of the year, in reaction to South Korean-American defense exercises, made all the more tense with two B-2 bombers, and that birthday date, something happens. This time, nuclear is being threatened. Andrei Lankov had a useful analysis, which you should read.
Today, I visited Jindaiji, my favorite Sakura park, where there is a statue that looks like Pearl. This botanical garden has 100,000 trees and a large greenhouse with tropical plants. Next door is the Jindaiji Temple, the second oldest in Japan. Here is a series of photos, beginning with my lunch under a wisteria next to Pearl's statue:
To my surprise, there were several cherry blossom tress still in full bloom. I also noticed that these fish are already flying for Boys' Day in Japan, May 5, which is also Cinco de Mayo.:
For anyone keeping up with my meal choices, for dinner tonight, I bought a Burger King Whopper and enhanced it with foie gras, Castello blue cheese and other leftover vegetables:
The beer was borrowed from the Executive Club and the Whopper was the best I've ever had. Of all the ironies, I was looking down on Robuchon's.