Sakura wishes for Japan

I know this is the bloggers' day of silence, 
but I felt that it would be ok 
to break the silence, 
to let this voice be heard. 

Chika lives in Nagano, Japan, and 
she writes a very pretty foodie/ travel blog 
Her heartbreaking message on twitter
says so much.

Chika has set up a competition
to encourage people to help support
Japan, in any way we can. 
And as a gesture of thanks, 
she is giving away the most beautifully 
poignant symbol of spring,
the sakura, or cherry blossom,
in the form of sakura baking ingredients.
So far, she has raised over $4,000.

As Chika says, 

"There is this old saying in Japanese, "winter always turns to spring". Even when the life is hard, we will not give up hope and hold out until it gets warm and things ease up. That's exactly where we stand now, except we must make every efforts to make winter turn to spring."

So what could be more symbolic than the 
beautiful cherry blossom of Japan? 

Go here or here to find details about Chika's
campaign and competition.

With wishes that spring is just around the corner for Japan.