05 May 2007

Spring is here, so they say

After a long winter, the sun decided to shine with a vengeance over the last few weeks. On selected days of course. The trees in the friendly neighbourhood park started to sprout pink buds, and one fine day, the park was covered by a canopy of white sakura, tinged with the faintest blush of pink.

I came home and declared 'Hanami 2007' open.

Whenever I heard or read about 'Hanami' (before I came to Japan), I always had this feeling that it was a big fuss about a few flowers. Last year, soon after we landed here, I saw sakura in bloom for the first time in my life, and i was awed. It had to be the most beautiful thing that I had ever seen. But still, I thought it was a bit of a fuss. And I was busy, getting started with our life in Japan.

Winter here is long.... really long. Since we got here, we put away our warm clothes for all of 7 weeks. We got here in spring, and it rained almost all the time. July and August were unbelievably hot and humid, and come September, we started wearing warm clothes again. Then winter set in in earnest. And went on for just about forever. Then the snow melted, and one fine day, the cherry trees bloomed. And told me to dump the heavier jackets for now.

The sight of sakura trees in full bloom is incomparable. Just lush flowers, not a single green leaf to be seen on the trees. And after about a week, the flowers just wither away, and the trees are clothed in tender green leaves. And I know for sure the bad weather's gone. For now.

Everyday that the sky was clear, I bundled everyone out of the house, packed up whatever food was cooked, and lo.. picnic time! And after each picnic, a walk around the park, taking in the beauty of sakura in full bloom.

Of course, we didn't stop with sakura. We went to the nearby town of Yutagawa to watch the apricot blossoms, to Sakata to look at more sakura, and finally last week to Yunohama to see acres of tulip fields.

Tulips?? Yes, tulips... Tulips as far as the eye can see, in so many colours! Of course, there are lots of Japanese tourists in Amsterdam too, but trust me, I am still in the heart of good old Japan. And Arun decided to serenade me.

Earlier today a friend invited us out to a picnic. We are off to see more flowers tomorrow. And that too Mustard blooms!

Gawd, if Arun starts to sing again, I'll flip!!! Or I'll sing right back at him!


Dents said...

Umm... Is 'diti holding a HDOS (Hot Dog on a Stick)?

Vidya said...

err.. no... thats a chocolate banana on a stick

Preethy said...

OK...so its spring for you...
And is that puliyogare on the plate?
Beautiful flowers.
Good idea serenading filmi ishtyle...we have done too variously in NZ, Hassan (sunflower fields) and recently under sakura trees!!

Vidya said...

Absolutely.... whats a picnic without puliyogere!

"Lady Namu" said...

I think the serenading is just aaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..I'll "hint" to axe to do the same:)

Axe said...

Arun looks a lot like his mom ... is that where Avani gets her looks? :)

Vidya said...

yup :)

Anonymous said...

Visited your blog for the first time. Very interesting! I am from mysore as well and looking at your pics your husband looks familiar. What are your guys doing in japan ?