I can finally take a deep breath and relax. I saw just about every cherry blossom I wanted to see! and just in time. It's starting to look like it's snowing all over Japan. the petals are falling and covering everything. It's a pretty intense week when they are in full bloom (for me anyway)! It's this constant nagging anxiety that I'm not going to see them all- or that I won't get enough pictures of them! I have the same problem with autumn and the changing leaves. Only this is MUCH worse because the 'sakura' -or cherry blossoms- are so short lived and can disappear with too much of a breeze or any rain. I'm relieved that it's almost over :) and happy that we ended with such a lovely Easter.
we live near the Tama river- and it's one of the best places for sakura nearby! I took metta and mack for a walk down the trail one morning and metta insisted on dressing like a pirate!
the best spot in the area for cherry blossoms is this road on base right near our house! Even the Japanese locals agree- you can't find a much more impressive site than the road out the East gate!
and really really crowded! which made it that much more fun! usually big crowds make me a little crazy, but it was actually a lot of fun with so many people on the lake. Japanese people LOVE to giggle. even adults! there was a lot of bumping into to people and a lot of giggling. I loved it.
kichijoji is one of the really popular spots in tokyo to enjoy spring and the blossoms! people bring tarps and spread them out and eat and drink and picnic for HOURS. My favorite part of this all is their shoes. The Japanese are VERY particular about shoes and where they can go. If you see in this picture- all of the people have removed their shoes to step on their tarps where they eat. It's crazy to me!! especially since they don't allow shoes in many restaurants but they DO allow smoking!!
before church this morning we stopped to get a family Easter picture under our sakura street!
And finally- for MY easter present- guess what I got?!?!
Friday night I stayed up camping out ALL night for tickets to THIS ↓ CONCERT!!! at the tokyo dome!!
WOOHOO!! it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!
kent leaves for the states in a few days- and gets home right before the concert! It will be a much need break!