By Carole Goldsmith Copyright 2010
Last week, a strong wind blew masses of pink petals from the cherry blossom trees in Iidabashi (a suburb of Tokyo). As the petals flowed to the ground, it was like pink snow was falling and the ground was suddenly covered by a pink blanket of blossoms.
Children in the street were holding handfuls of the pink snow and throwing them in the air like snowballs. Adults were on the ground with their mobile phones flashing away the pink spectacle.
It certainly was an exciting time for all as pink snow lined the streets of Iidabashi and stopped young and old in the tracks from the frenetic pace they all seem to usually move.