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    Hanami

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Yesterday afternoon was filled with many a shade of pink!

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    Any guesses as to where our family of four went?

    No? After waiting for a sunny day with slightly warmer temperatures, we put on our spring colors,

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    hopped onto a subway,

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    and headed out to Shinjuku Gyoen to hanami.

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    That's right, we, along with hundreds of others, went to celebrate the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

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    You may recall in a previous post that I'd mentioned hanami was banned this year, but the truth of the matter was that only the imbibing of alcoholic beverages was forbidden. I don't believe anyone needed a drink to enjoy their time at the park, though.

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    It was breathtaking!

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    There were over 1000 cherry blossoms~some traditional and others that dripped buds from their willowy branches. I'd never seen a landscape so elegantly designed. It was breathtaking, and those in attendance treated the entire area with reverence. Oh, we all certainly played while others picnicked, strolled, sang, and celebrated this natural beauty. But at the end of the day, not a scrap of trash could be found on the grass or walkways!

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    Husband's contract is coming up and we may or may not be here a little while longer. If not, there are still a few things we want to take part in while in Japan. Needless to say, being able to see the sakura and be a part of hanami was very special.

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    The children were fascinated by the different flowers and trees~especially the pines. But their favorite part must have been running about on the green in the center of the park.

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    They were sufficiently worn out by the time dinner rolled around!

    Walking hand in hand with my family was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. That it was surrounded by so much beauty and respectful quiet allowed us to truly drink in the experience.

    What adventure will we take on next? I'll give you a hint: it only involves only one of us. It includes hands-on preparation (with several hands), and is a refined art. Temporarily, this person will have to enter the karyƫkai or "the flower and willow world."

    Any guesses?

    Keep them coming and soon I'll make the big reveal!

    A lovely Monday to you all. I'll see you tomorrow... on Eldest's 11th birthday!

    3 Responses to “
    Hanami

    Ruth said...

    Beautiful pictures. Glad y'all had a fun afternoon.

    Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

    Breathtaking!! What a great adventure y'all are having.

    Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

    OH wow, what an absolutely amazing site to see! It's so beautiful in pictures, I can only imagine how much better in person!