Today was not the best of days in Tokyo, weather-wise.
Just when everyone was longing for spring, the rains came in torrents today, leaving the city wet and cold.
In other words, it was a very good day to stay home.
LUNCH AT PETER
AT THE PENINSULA TOKYO
But as I'm heading out of Japan soon, I'd filled my schedule up with catching up with old friends.
And today I had lunch with an old friend running the Peninsula Tokyo, at Peter, the stylish restaurant on the very top floor of the hotel.
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My friend was waiting by the entrance as I had my car parked by the valet.
And when we walked into the lobby of the Peninsula Tokyo together, this most amazing sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom greeted me.
VISION OF LOVELINESS
What a lovely vision on a cold and dreary day in Tokyo.
I then said: "Oh my goodness. Are they real?"
The way the weather was blowing, after all, it seemed like spring and the cherry blossoms were a long way off.
THE REAL THING
But when I got up close and personal with them, I saw for myself that they were indeed very real.
And ever so beautiful.
"Where did you get them?" I asked.
It turns out that they're specially grown somewhere in the south of Japan and transported to Tokyo, to transform the lobby of the Peninsula Tokyo into a beautiful cherry blossom garden way ahead of everyone else.
Talk about being ahead of the pack.
SO NICE TO SEE YOU AFTER ALL
I'm missing the actual cherry blossom season this year, as I'm flying out of Japan way before any flowers appear.
So I was really happy to see these today, just before another excellent and enjoyable lunch in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.