Spring rains and a profusion of cherry blossoms in Japan.

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April 13th 2015
Published: April 13th 2015
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The spring trip is almost over and it has been full of fun, adventure and laughter as we have explored both well known and little known parts of Honshu. Much of our trip has been in rain- mostly light but some very heavy but nothing seemed to dampen spirits as our troop took everything in their stride. In their own words in (prose or Haiku poetry of 17 syllables) are some samples views:

The cherry blossoms. Burst into flower today. Waking our senses.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park Tokyo- A georgeous display of cherry blossoms, a delight o see the japanese people celebrating th ebeauty by painting the scenery, enjoying meeting,friends and family and picnicing under the blossom trees. The lovely families with young children, the peace and tranquillity of the gardens so neat and pristine.

Young, slim, pretty girls. Sung to under cherry trees. Love is all around.

HARAJUKU- This if the spot to see and be seen, it reigns as Japans forward thinking fashion capital, full of hip teenagers crowding the narrow streets. A must visit!

TOILETS- A warm spot for sitting whist a bird sings and a fountain plays.

Heated toilette seats. Offer warm comfort to lowered. Chilled derrieres.

FUJI AREA MUSEUMS- After visiting Kubota Ichitu museum of wondrous kimonos, designed by one man over 20 years, then the Pola Museum an arcitectural wonder created by a cosmetic company and displaying their own collection of Cezanne. Then in Hakone a walk through a magical garden of about 40 wonderful statues, a Picasso exhibition and spiral staricase with stained glass windows.

Rain, rain go away. Come again on washing day. Sunshine, rest or stay.

HIMEJI- Reopened one week before after major 5 year restoration, as now white castle framed by blossoms, high on a hill over looking the city. Amazing!

A burst of pink. Cherry blossoms now in full bloom. Petals falling gently.

Cherry blossoms bloom. A blue sky, not always true. Happiness not gloom.

Through green forests. Pilgrims trudge Kumona trail. Towards Nirvana

That lot gets us to the end of the Kumono Kodo partof out trip. If there is time before we return we will send more on the last week. But to finish up how about these two haiku:

Weathering the wiles. Of Spring weather in japan. Requires fortitude

Raining and pouring. Shoulda boughta bigga brolly. April shower storming!!!

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The pink round petals Cherry Blossom at its peak Delight open eyes
Snow white HimejiSnow white Himeji
Snow white Himeji

Blossoms everywhere Blowing around in the air Hard not to stare
Himeji CastleHimeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Can't get enough blossoms
Jan with fallen petalsJan with fallen petals
Jan with fallen petals

Petals in the wind Flutter to earth like confetti Carpeting the ground
Journeys endJourneys end
Journeys end

Rapids over rocks Veiled by blossom tree trails Gods gift to enjoy
Japan Daiman ZakaJapan Daiman Zaka
Japan Daiman Zaka

Amazing efforts

13th April 2015

Didnt Go
So green with envy Serves me right I stayed at home And missed the blossoms!
13th April 2015

Almost Haiku!
We miss all our friends who have been before and wish you werecall here.

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