Well, it’s the 8th of April here in Moroyama, and spring has whispered its way into the little gardens and house rows. As the plum blossoms faded, the cherry trees in the area all began to bloom. Yesterday, while the Knoxes finished up packing, Judy and I took the train on our way to Iruma City. There our friends, Manaho and Sarah S. took us on a walk along the Kasumi river. Unfortunately, the cherry trees are beyond their peak this late in the blossom season. Sarah was apologetic about that and about the cold, soggy weather. Really, though, it was so lovely, we almost didn’t notice the cold at all! Between the snow of flowers and the flow of the stream, even a forgotten umbrella seemed to breathe poetry into the patter of spring rain.
Our friends guided us back to their home that afternoon to enjoy the warmth of tea and music with Mr. S, who had generously stayed behind earlier due to one too few seats in the car.
We returned to Moroyama chilled and glowing. 🙂
And yet, the shower of petals was nearly overshadowed by the sight out our window this morning: snow. Real, cold, fluffy snow was falling with the sakura petals — in April.