In Japan, Nature Continues to Blossom While Citizens Are Hesitant

Recently our CEO, Calvin Chang, traveled to Tokyo, Japan for business. Even though Tokyo was technically not significantly affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northern region, life is obviously altered there as well. The entire country appeared to be in a state of morning and events that used to attract a large number of citizens are now sparsely attended if at all. Case in point is the annual cherry blossom event. From previous excursions during this time in Tokyo, Mr. Chang witnessed heavy crowds of people, predominantly Japanese along with tourists, shoulder to shoulder strolling along the beautiful display of blooming cherry blossoms. On this recent trip, there were only a small handful of people, and even those that were there did not seem to display the same enthusiasm. Even though the blossoms are as magnificent and bountiful as in the past, the desire to celebrate amid the current devastation and challenges is greatly diminished. The below pictures show the beauty of the cherry blossoms as well as the scarcity of people enjoying them.

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