For the past few days, I have been talking to my family in Japan. They said how beautiful Japan’s cherry blossoms are this year. I am badly missing my family, partly because we are on an Easter break and most of the students are back home, and partly because of the stagnant situation of my research.

The cherry trees are in bloom here as well.

Unlike Japan, local people do not take photos of the trees, and there is no hanami party of course. There are few cherry trees in this town. The pink blossoms at the site of the castle are so pretty.

My motivation for work is emotionally fluctuating. There are some things which I don’t want to face.