Sunday 13th April, 2014.
It was truly an early Spring Day - just magical weather.
We went out for Ohanami together.
Outside our mansion are some Magnolia trees.
Beside the Abukuma River.
Treking away from the river to the Government Offices.
Ohanami viewing is very popular in Japan; long lines of Japanese
people armed with cameras and guide maps make the annual pilgrimage.
I have picked up a few of the local customs ....
It is definitely some line !
Chikako-san standing in from of my favourite Sakura tree.
It is Takizakura, not so old really, but I do feel an affinity with this tree.
Why ? ....... maybe because of 3/11.
I walk past it everyday and always say Hello !
Some yellow tulips adding a blast of colour to Spring.
What is Ohanami without eating dango, I ask you ?
We dropped by a dango shop we like and got some delicious treats to eat.
Mt. Adatara still has some snow.
Pansies with their smiling faces brightening the place up.
The swallows are building a nest under the eaves.
Ma and Pa Crane already have a chick to rear.
A cool Japanese garden we happened upon.
Here is the Azuma Snow Bunny !
Thanks for the information Koji-san .........
We walked and walked and walked
and then walked to REGALO Italian Restaurant.
Our first dining experience there.
We enjoyed this wonderful Sunday together.