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Japanese Afterlife

If you’re willing to climb high enough above the valley, you can avoid the crowds during cherry blossom viewing season. When I say climb in Kagoshima, I do mean climb. We cycled up a mountain, switching back through tunnels, thighs burning, mounting up to an orchard high above the city with a perfect cross bay view of Sakurajima. Blossoms open to their peak, fragrant pink and glossy with dew. Tranquilly innocent of picnickers.

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