Monday, 19 April 2010
I love my new job and most of all I love my new walk to work. the neighborhood is suddenly a riot of colour. sakura (cherry blossom) is in full bloom and pansies of every colour and variety nestle in clusters at the foot of every tree. tiny front gardens, hanging baskets and window boxes are bursting with fragrant lillies of the valley, hyacinths and sweetpeas. every inch or exposed earth has been planted with some gaudy bloom or other.
hiding in grass along railway tracks are silky orange poppies and sprays of mysterious flowers, violet , white like little stars. tiny wild yellow and blue flowers have sprung through the cracks in the paving slabs and the concrete banks of the river near the school. fujisawa is like one big nanas garden... on steroids. I love it!!!
and then there's the kids i see on the way... its so safe in japan that elementary kids walk to school in convoy without their parents! the one who lives furthest sets off and picks up his neighbor, they go to the next house and so on, gathering more friends on the way. they walk in crocodile formation, chattering away and the best part..they all wear matching yellow caps ( in my hood anyway). to call these little guys sweet would be an understatement. this morning was raining so each one of them had a different brightly coloured umbrella. it was like watching a giant colourful centipede navigate pavements and crossings ahead of me. for once i didnt mind the rain.
ps still posting through posterous. blogger fooked. i need to reformat my mac or sommit. arrgh.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
this is what happens in japan when the cherry trees bloom. people worship the cherry blossom. it s everywhere at this time of year. it is celebrated like a festival, with shops offering sakura flavoured everything...the image of the cherry bloom adorns everything from billboards to menus. there is even a cherry blossom forecast, counting down the days until the trees explode into life and people take pictures frantically as though it were the first time it had ever happened. at this time of year the whole of japan turns sugary pink in celebration of this sweet smelling flower that lasts just a short week.
this is in yoyogi park in tokyo. people had come out in their thousands to languish beneath the beautiful boughs...and drink...and mingle and sing and did i mention drink?... a lot.
p.s after boasting about fixing the blog it seems to have broken again i can only post via posterous not ideal!... I need the help on a nerd.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
it was all about the cookies. i didnt know what they were but now i do and apparently they they were clogging up my poor blogs arteries or something.
anyway i'm back. hi. i have missed you.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Thursday, 1 April 2010
I havent posted for ages because i cant get onto my 'new post ' page on my blogger account. Its driving me mad! what can i do? is anyone else having this problem?
this week i have been recovering from an amazing fun packed last week with onders and wild weekend in tokyo with ben, heidi and co. where we discovered a place that serves Y50 beers! (thats 33p to you...33p!!!)
we did a lot of exploring and made some great discoveries in tokyo and kamakura. it was great being a tourist for a change. we went to tucked away suburbs and discovered lovely vintage boutiques and cafes with the most delicious coffee and cake. we found an excellent music shop/coffee shop/music venue in kamakura where we substituted the coffee for beer and ate more cake!
i finally experienced my first onsen. which i think i enjoyed all the more because it rained so hard all day. i was cold to the bone, sinking into that steaming hot volcanic rock pool, while the rain still splashed my face was magic.
I went to not one but two galleries and saw lots of exhibitions ( including the planets above) in the space of a week. wandered along blossom lined canals in the sun. went to art night and enjoyed the gimmicky instillations in the incredible futuristic ropongi hills and even squeezed in a mad hatter's party and some dancing. by sunday night i was in pieces but feeling very very good about life in japan.
this week i've also been attending some pretty intensive training for my new job which starts on monday. im knackered. i skipped today on the basis that being voluntary (unpaid) training, it cannot be that important ne?
hopefully blogger will sort itself out soon...so i can write a proper post!! with links and more photos!