I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was so prickly today. Everything and almost everyone irritated me. Hopefully I’ll calm down after a nice weekend.
At a major intersection in downtown Nagoya, someone has set up an intricate flower display.
A small garden shed like building was erected and surrounded by flowers of different kinds. There is even a little path from one end to the other if you wish to walk through.
Inside the shed, there are yet more flowers.
My garden has been doing well as of late. At the start of the summer, I had a little scare with some wilting and the death of one of my marigolds. I’ve since discovered that my apartment is prone to overheating during the afternoon, which means I need to water more frequently.
When I started this blog I never imagined that I would ever write so many posts. It all started out as a challenge to myself to see if I could post a picture a day– I couldn’t– back in 2011. It slowly morphed into something of a journal before becoming what it is now. Where it will go from here, nobody knows, but it’s been fun and I hope to continue for years to come. Thanks for sticking with.
Due to Coronavirus, many public events are on indefinite hiatus, including hanami. Hanami is a spring tradition of eating, drinking, and socializing under the cherry trees. It usually involves being packed into confined spaces with strangers and friends alike, so it’s a total no go these days.
That said, my local supermarket came up with a solution in the form of selling cherry blossom branches for ¥300 a pop. The idea is that you can view the blossom inside your own home with your family. Since it wasn’t so expensive and figuring why the hell not, I bought one– much to the confusion of many of the other shoppers.
However it seems that I missed the peak bloom for this particular branch as the few blossoms fell off rather quickly. But I’m not too upset as it’s still a nice pop of colour in my apartment. Plus it smells nice. ¥300 well spent.
So, I recently started a new work assignment late last week. It’s a bit further away from my home, but the atmosphere amongst my colleagues is a thousand times better than my last assignment. The previous assignment had me at a certain office for four to five days a week and I found it difficult to stay positive. However the general tone at this new one is a lot lighter and everyone gets along well it seems. During lunch we had a very entertaining and engaging conversation about rock music. Several of us have been inspired to learn a second language because of it. I hope that this trend will continue for the next few months that I will be spending there.
Friday was a national holiday celebrating the Spring Equinox. Because of that I decided to do a bit of work in my garden. I was able to get some new plants for around ¥80 to ¥100 each, so I bought 12. I spent a couple of hours planting them.
The supermarket had another sale on plants last weekend. I saw these pretty ones, and since they were only about ¥400, I decided to add them to my indoor garden.
This plant has been growing like crazy ever since I bought it. A couple of months ago, I tried staking it to grow around 3 chopstics, but it continues to grow out of control. Debating whether or not to buy a terrace for it or let it wind its way around the furniture.