This week Buffalonians, young and old, lovers as well as solitary strollers, gather to view the cherry blossoms in the Japanese
Garden. In the time of corona, there is a particular poignancy to this cherry blossom season. People are seeking reasons to take joy wherever they find it. The Japanese have a word that may explain the lure of cherry blossoms, hokorobu, which means ‘to turn buds into blossoms’ as well as ‘to make us smile.’
The Japanese Garden in Delaware Park is located behind The Buffalo History Museum. This public garden was a gift from Buffalo’s Sister City of Kanazawa and is maintained by Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy.