Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Hanami

You know, when I started this blog, I didn't know what to call it and ended up with A Bit Of This and A Bit Of That because I planned to share with family and friends back home the things that we were up to. Ebi-kun's antics, our Montessori journey, building the house, life in Japan. As time passed other people started reading the blog too, and I started adding my crafting and sewing into the mix too. Now, almost 4 years on I am having to add earthquake posts too, it feels so strange to be writing a post about fundraising for victims of the quake and the next about us trying to get back to normal having a hanami picnic but at least the blog still suits it's name!
So, here we are in Shiroyama koen, this is my favourite park around here to enjoy a hanami picnic, the trees are beautiful, there is a play area near the trees and for some reason it is never that crowded, possibly because it isn't within walking distance of the station so those wanting to drink need a driver too.
Don't panic, he isn't really drinking beer, it is alcohol free anyway.

We have had ninja rice balls and now we have pirates!

See what I mean, real grass and usually you can have a whole tree to yourself, somewhat of contrast to Ueno koen....
Ueno Park, Sakura
photo credit Shibuya246
It was a bit chilly when we first got there but it soon warmed up. People are encouraged to hold their usual hanami parties to help the economy recover, a lot of sake is produced in Tohoko so they need you to buy it and get drunk - cheers to that!

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