Here in Japan, March is seen as the end of the year, and April is the start of the next. School years end this month. Companies hire new employees next month. Right now, it’s a super busy and stressful time for everyone, myself included.
So, whenever I get a little downtime, I try to look at something pretty or do something fun. Now that it’s been getting warmer, there are more things to look at, and I’m a lot more willing to go outside.
Mie Prefecture is best described as spralling acres of farmland interspersed with rivers.
Last weekend, a few friends and I went there for a sports meet. We got up super early and met up at the station, before riding a bus for a couple of hours to a gymnasium.
On the way home, I managed to get a window seat, so I spent a significant amount of time sending pictures to a friend back in the US. He agreed that Mie had a whole lot of farmland.
Apologies for any blur or odd reflections. Many of these pics were taken using Line’s camera feature, from a bus speeding down a highway, with the sun setting almost directly in front of me.
Recently I’ve been wishing to escape more and more, although I’m mostly where I’d like yo be. I do love living abroad, and for the most part I do love teaching, but there have been a few people that I do not enjoy being around as of late and tasks I can’t stand doing.
During those times, my mind wanders to undiscovered lands, uninhabited by people, and filled will all sorts of vegetation. I imagine napping under an ancient tree in a pleasantly warm climate. How nice that would be…
I dub this the fluffy pompom flower. It’s another one of the strange plants I saw at the Higashiyama Botanical Garden greenhouse.
From Higashiyama Botanical Garden:
I have no clue what this thing is called but it looks like a pack of q-tips my friend bought once.
Yamanashi is beautiful this time of year.