Sunday, April 01, 2007


The southernmost entrance to the palace grounds is called Sakuradamon, which means "cherry blossom field gate." An observant student of the Japanese language could make a joke about the name, as the Japanese sentence "Sakura da mon!" sounds like a childish whine to the effect of, "But Mom, they're cherry blossoms!"

And hey, what do you know? They are cherry blossoms.

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