pretty stragglers

Long before the sakura in the other parts of the region has fell off and turned lifeless brown on the road, the sakura in our neighbourhood still gives us much delight. These many-petaled ones took a long time to bloom. But they’re such a delight now that their peers has given the “stage” to them.

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Ookagawa Sakuramatsuri

Been waiting for weeks for this weather. Thankfully, the great weather came on a weekend when most of the sakura where already in full bloom, roughly 80%. Of course, it’s gonna be a busy weekend.

First destination for the sakura season: mobile sakura matsuri (cherry blossoms festival) traversing the 4.5 km Ooka River. There were so many people as expected. But I’m happy I was lucky enough to take some shots of “serenity” and not chaos.

Love the last photo.

I also love shots of the sakura against the water.

Hello there duck!

Now these are both our (Atsushi’s and mine) favorite. Reminds me of my favorite line in my favorite cartoon movie Mulan,

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.

But lo, how beautiful the illuminated sakura is!!

But of course, it being a matsuri/festival, food stalls also line the street selling traditional Japanese street food like yakitori, takoyaki and okonomiyaki among MANY others.

Popular among kids are the candied strawberries, apple and banana.

Ahh tsukareta (tired). But it was fun indeed! Especially since we met up with Atsushi’s friend Kamio-san. I love listening to their laughter as they patiently wait for me while I was busy clicking around.

Time for bed as tomorrow is gonna be a busy one as well. :)

Thank you for today Lord! And thank you for technology – with it, my parents can see how big I am already even when they’re oceans away.

 

 

 

 

walking hanami

Thank you Lord for granting us a great weather that’s perfect for our walking sakura-viewing (hanami). Perfect weather weekend just when the sakura blooms are in their prime.

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sakura!

There’s nothing quite like having a morning walk under these lovely cherry blossoms / sakura!

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28 March – things to be thankful for today

In order of events.

1. Thankful I didn’t blow my top
2. Thankful I wasn’t discouraged despite meeting overly sarcastic people
3. Thankful hubs and I were able to go to office together and walk home together
4. A guy gave up his seat for me in the train when he saw my badge. A rare occurrence!
5. Thankful to see this early bloomer. I hope to post the morning version soon.

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6. Thankful about the good news that Hubs’ parents told us. Thankful for hubs’ sis’ generosity with her time. :)

By the way, here’s the morning version of the early bloomer sakura.

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more sweets!

Found a new Kitkat flavour! So cute! I think it can actually be a wedding favor especially for those who have a Sakura theme.

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The taste? Love it – this coming from a maccha lover. There’s a hint of something mixed in though that I can’t quite put a finger on what flavour it is similar with. Nonetheless, it’s still very good.

This one was today’s office omiyage from Saudi Arabia.

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And. Thankful for bonuses and tax refunds. Would hopefully buy the Laura Ashley curtains I’ve been having a crush on. :)

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