Why does it still seem so improbable to me that a giant aircraft can lift off from the ground and carry me at speeds I cannot feel across vast oceans, then deposit me back to earth in another land? Each time I fly, the experience seems remarkable, particularly if it is a trip of several … Continue reading Back to Earth
Is this what getting old is going to be about? I had an all day/almost all night coughing jag yesterday that wore me and my poor husband out. You're going to have to do something about that, he told me grumpily. No dah, I replied with irritation. I stopped taking a prescribed cortisone inhaler today … Continue reading I’m here to Celebrate Spring
What better time or place to throw a party than in the spring at our apartment in Kyoto? We had friends CA friends visiting Kyoto for a few days, my more-than-able-son-in-law visiting and several Kyoto friends we were eager to see again. At the suggestion of a friend, we easily decided on a party. We … Continue reading Party Time in Kyoto
We (The trees and I) peaked today. My insatiable appetite for cherry blossoms is seemingly satiated. Cherrymania was at its most intense today when we traveled a bit out of town to visit the World Heritage Site Daigoji Temple, on everyone's best-dressed list. The weeping cherries at this temple are mostly an irresisible delicate pink. They cover … Continue reading Hanami Overload?
It's not an exaggeration to state that cherry blossom season in Japan is a Big Deal. A VERY BIG DEAL! The Japanese celebrate their beauty in every conceivable way. Hundreds of trees are illuminated in temples and shrines in the evenings. Lively picnics are held with friends and family under the flowering trees. Copious amounts … Continue reading Now on to the Cherry Blossoms