Bouncing Spring

On April 3, we visited Shiroyama (castle hill) park to view the cherry trees. It was good timing, as the trees were about fifty percent in bloom. The mix of flowers and buds lent a more pink tinge to everything.

The city had prepared an earthen stage and some dance groups performed to celebrate spring. Some women from neighboring Itako City performed a dance about the brides in their town who ride a boat down a canal as part of the ceremony. More about the brides of Itako here: Princess Brides and Shrieking Eels!

The weather was warming and it seemed we could soon look forward to lighter clothing, sunny days, and sailing on lake Hinuma. In the following weeks, however, the weather has swung between warm sunny days and cold rainy ones. And then, this morning, April 17th, it snowed!

Our front yard on this fine spring day!

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the record cold April is due to fluctuations in the Arctic oscillation combined with the influence of el Nino conditions in the Pacific. As a result, air masses have been clashing over the Japan archipelago bringing us the wild weather.

I'll be happy when it all gets sorted out and I can trade my winter clothing for shorts and an Aloha shirt and we can try out Bluesette's new sails!


Birthday Girl

I went to the beauty parlor again yesterday and got my Spring cut. It was a rainy day and I had been kind of unhappy that I couldn't go for walkies, so it was nice to get out.

Here I am doing my stretching exercises this morning. It's warm and sunny today so I've been for a long walk and laid in the sun soaking up some rays. Spring is really here. After K gets home, I'll get to go for another walk and maybe get the chicken treat that my beautician gave her - they're really tasty.

It's my birthday month. No one really knows when I was born, so PandaB and K decided to celebrate my birthday on April 17 - about the time I came to live with them. Of course, no one knows how old I am either, which is fun 'cause I can lie about my age.

Since my beautician knows that my birthday is in April, she took my picture and gave PandaB a 10% discount on my haircut. This time I got a pink kerchief with strawberries on it that goes well with my collar.

Happy Spring everyone.