Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





sakura

After all the hype, they're finally here: the cherry blossoms (sakura).


They are in bloom for only about 10 days out of the year, just to come swirling down in a pink petal tornado. Back home, I never gave flowers anything more than a passing compliment, but here, I've become a flower connoisseur. Maybe it's the Japanese's infectious enthusiasm for the pretty pink hues. Or maybe I'm delirious with the pollen. But, one thing is for sure, I'm glad they're here and the best way to experience it is with o-hanami. O-hanami is a glorified picnic. People have them at all times of the day and night, bring a grill, loads of raw meat, veggies, and ridiculously large amounts of alcohol.


Good thing Rosie's birthday fell right during this time, so we had a little o-hanami for her. It was so nice to be back in Hagi, one of the best places in Yamaguchi. It's really good to see this bunch, especially b/c I barely saw any of them during the winter.


Sidenote: Dan showed me the handicap toilets in the park--a regular western-style toilet. No handrails for the handicap. No easy access to the handle. Just a regular toilet (not Japanese squat toilets). Yet another Japanese reminder that gaijin are a little disabled.
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