Huge crowd at the supermarket today

It’s beautiful weather today! It’s nice to see the sun after a week of dark skies and rain.

I went over to “Life” supermarket and I had never seen it this crowded before. The lines were all the way to the back of the store. I stood in line patiently and checked email while waiting. But I was curious why it was so crowded. Was there some special sale I was missing out on? People were grabbing 5 and 10 kg bags of rice like we were hoarding for a famine.

When it was finally my turn at the cashier I asked what was going on. The cashier said, “It’s the first day without rain for almost a week, and it might rain again this evening.”

That was it? Geez. It’s been raining – but not heavily. And I’ve managed to walk over to the store every day with my umbrella and didn’t get wet.

Anyway, it is nice to have the sun out for the first time in days. I missed it.

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What a difference a day makes – spring is really here

Even compared to yesterday, there are many more cherry blossoms. There is still a long ways to go to “mankai” (full bloom), but it is getting very pretty along the Nakagawa. The weather was a few degrees warmer today, so it was very comfortable during my bike ride. And look how blue the sky is!

In fact, I intended a short ride today, but it was so pleasant out I just kept on drifting along on my bicycle, feeling in pretty good spirits.

Maybe spring does that to a person after a long, cold winter?

(If you click on the photos you should be able to see them much larger.)


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Overcast day along the river

It was an overcast day, but not too cold, so I took a bike ride along the Nakagawa, as I’ve been doing almost every day lately.

The cherry trees are still not in bloom, and stood stark, and somewhat lonely looking against the grey skies.

The sun in one photo, trying to shine through, made for an interesting, almost alien contrast against the mostly barren cheery tree branches.


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