The beginning of Spring is declared with great fanfare in Japan by it’s beautiful Sakura trees. And if there’s one thing you could argue that Japan loves, it’s the Sakura! This time of year is also the time of year when the old business and school years come to a close and a new year springs to life. It’s all beautifully captured in the symbol of the Sakura.
I have always lamented how short the work and school breaks are in Japan. Growing up in the West, we value our 2-3 month summer breaks and several-week winter and fall breaks. Not so in Japan, because just as quick as the Sakura blooms and falls, so too the breaks come and go, and it’s time to move on. Whether it’s vacation or the Sakura, you have to enjoy it while you can!
Raising kids is a lot of work, but it’s a MOST important work. Schools and jobs, bosses and colleagues come and go, but family relationships are forever. These little moment may seem insignificant, but they are key moments to embrace. Engage with your kids and family when you have a chance, and as they grow they will remain engaged!