On the way to Shinkoiwa station this morning. Seseragi Park is a rather strange park, built long and narrow in the middle of the road. I think it runs over an old canal. Anyway, it’s a nice, green respite on the way.
I haven’t been on a bike ride along the river since December 23, when I had a bad fall off my bike while trying to take a hill I wasn’t used to. My leg hurt for a couple of weeks, and then the weather turned really cold. Then I had my recent trip to Boston.
Well today the weather is beautiful. So there was no putting off a bike ride anymore. It really is nice weather today. Beautiful blue skies, and you don’t even need a jacket out. Truly spring has come.
I thought I would’ve lost muscle strength because I haven’t gone riding in so long, except for short bicycle rides to the supermarket and to run errands. However, I was still able to take all the hills I usually take, and I really didn’t get tired until after about 7 km or so. So while I still have to build up strength again, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
The cherry blossoms aren’t quite in full bloom anymore, but as you can see in these photos there are still plenty. I would say it is 70% full bloom right now in my neighborhood.
It’s just really really nice out along the river.
According to the map, cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in Tokyo on April 1 this year, which is earlier than usual.
So it looks like I’ll miss it this time.
Last week at an antique coin shop I like in Asakusa, I found this Tenpo era coin. The catalogue shows it’s from Tenpo 6 – that’s 1837.
Today there are strong winds, what are called haru ichiban here in Japan. It always happens around the vernal equinox, which is this coming Friday. It truly demarcates the break of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s beautiful outside. Really windy, but beautiful.