for the first spring blossoms. We arrived at Fukuoka airport on a cold afternoon and in the evening we made a shivering walk to the park near our hotel. The next morning it was sunny and nice and in the park, the former location of a samurai castle, the first of the hundreds of japanese cherry trees were blossoming. Preparations are being made for the national mania here, picnicking and partying under the blossoming trees. It's obvious that the people here have a deep connection with this outing of spring, we notice it's in the air. Now this is only the beginning, we are looking forward to the next few weeks.