When you look at cherry blossoms, your heart feels light and easy

Kazuo is a hikikomori who finds a respite from his self-imposed isolation each Spring during the Hanami season, signing up for tourist trips to have fleeting relationships with foreign women. But upon meeting 'Sumire,' a gloomy writer seeking to escape her life, Kazuo is strangely confused about finding someone who embodies the pinnacle of everything society expects of him. Yet, she came to Japan with the idea of fading away at the most beautiful moment of her imagination, claiming this would be her only decision.

Their relationship blossoms with the subtlety of the cherry blossoms, a bond that transcends their cultural differences to become genuine mutual support and affection. In each other’s company, they find the strength to face their realities, understanding that there is no life without poison, just as one cannot enjoy the arrival of spring without the end of winter

"When you look at cherry blossoms, your heart feels light and easy" (Japanese: 桜を見ると、心がさくらくらくになるね. Hepburn: Sakura o miru to, kokoro ga sakurakuraku ni naru ne) is the first chapter of a script I had kept aside to turn into a webcomic several years ago. However, upon reading the contest’s theme, I considered it suitable to introduce the project and, perhaps, transform it into a light novel, which didn’t sound bad at all. I hope you enjoy it.

"When you look at cherry blossoms, your heart feels light and easy" (Japanese: 桜を見ると、心がさくらくらくになるね. Hepburn: Sakura o miru to, kokoro ga sakurakuraku ni naru ne) is the first chapter of a script I had kept aside to turn into a webcomic several years ago. However, upon...

Author
GenreDramaPhilosophicalRomanceShoujoSlice of Life
UpdatedJun 17, 2024
Chapters1
Writing StatusFinished
Word Count2,934
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