There is a small park in Southern Yono.
In that park, there are some benches.
Above the benches, there is an overhang made of metal, leaves and branches.
Attached to those leaves are twisting, turning, climbing trees.
Next to those trees, there are stone pillars.
Standing against those pillars is a figure.
That figure is me.
I need to get out more, before it becomes too hot to do so. Theres a small park in my neighborhood, so maybe I should go there. It’s only about 15 minutes away.
A student recommended that I visit Tsurumai Park last weekend to see the cherry trees.
Tsurumai Park is a popular place to go flower viewing, so it can get pretty crowded. Since my days off are usually Sunday and Monday, I thought it migh be better to go on a weekday.
It was still very crowded.
Most of the spaces under the cherry trees were already taken by the time I got there, so I walked around the park. I enjoyed a bottle of ramune soda and had a look at the stalls, but they didn’t really have anything I wanted. After about thirty minutes, I jumped back on the train to Nagoya.
I expect the trees to be flowering for another week or so, so now’s your chance for flower viewing if you’re chubu.
Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Although the week passed rather quickly, it was rife with stress. Most of it was internal, since I’m getting used to some staff changes at my school. In one way it’s been a blessing, since the new guy took about half of my kids classes, but rough in other ways. I think I just need to get used to the new status quo.
Since moving, I’ve been wanting to start my own garden. However, I don’t yet know much about my work status past September, so I hesitate to accumulate yet more stuff. I still have my cactus Saboten (bought when I still worked in Tajimi), which I brought with me to Anjo. It was a pain to bring, even though I hired a moving truck, so imagine if I do get more plants. Also, I never really had a green-thumb, so to speak. Saboten is looking quite worse for wear, despite my best efforts. I will have to think more about this.