Early Cherry Blossom Season

Early Cherry Blossom Season

Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival® begins next weekend, but this Friday is the start of “The Pinkest Party on Earth,” the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia. Unlike the crass commercialism of DC’s event (“Brought to You by Target“), the spring observance in Macon preserves the serene, graceful, and contemplative customs of traditional Japanese hanami (花見 lit. “flower viewing”):  the Bed Race, the Sea Lion SplashPink Pancake Breakfast, Lawnmower Races, Pink Tutu Ballet, Amazing Animal Athletes, and that ancient Asian delicacy, pink grits.

Macon also has poodles. Pink poodles

Poodles are not part of your typical Japanese blossom-viewing. Poodles certainly have a profound appreciation of cherry trees, but it is not in keeping with the Japanese sense of decorum. American poodle groomers favor European-style topiary coat clipping; Japanese dog fanciers probably seek an asymmetrical, bonsai-derived look frowned upon by the AKC.

Macon’s 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees aren’t pinkthis week — it’s been too cold. But the town’s poodles are pink, and on Facebook. Poodle parade cars are pink. A giant Pink Poodle Monster will be used to scare bad manners out of naughty children. 

Ah, springtime.

NotionsCapital.com received no consideration from Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival for posting this, not even a cherry ice cream cone. 

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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