The flowering of the cherry blossom is a powerful symbol of hope in Japan. Lowell Sheppard set out on a six week adventure, cycling from the south where the buds first open in March to the north of the country, tracing both the flowering of the blossom and Japan's move towards post-modernity.
LOWELL SHEPPARD, a Canadian, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and recently completed a Masters dissertation on Japanese youth culture. He is a former Director of British Youth for Christ who since 1995 has worked in Japan for Youth for Christ International. With Gerard Kelly he wrote Miracle in Mostar, and was a columnist for the Christian Herald, as well as writing numerous articles for Christian magazines such as Renewal.