My trip to Tokyo was timed perfectly - in terms of seeing the famed Cherry Blossom trees in all their glory . If you have ready anything about them this year, there was concern that they were emerging 'early' - officially - five days earlier than average . Here in Illinois, we have our little 'blossom season' going on with the widely planted Cleveland Pear tree. They're the trees that are blooming white flowers like crazy all over the suburbs. They're a common tree planted in the front of new houses and in parkways and along parking lots. They grow in a tight area and they are quite show-y during this period of time. We had a Cleveland Select Pear tree in the front yard our old house and I loved it . Loved it so much that I bought a few more. (And we've included one in our plan for the new place.) But, back to these Cherry Blossoms. We don't live in Seattle or DC - where these things are present. So, I haven't really experienced '