Did you ever play a game at school called Anticipation or was it called Concentration? For some reason this morning, I have been having flashbacks to playing a game of that name in primary school, maybe during our music lesson. I remember sitting in a circle and everyone clapping in time - once on their legs and then with their hands. If you remember it, let me know.
That was totally NOT what I was going to write about today. I was going to write about the weather - a wonderfully fascinating subject, I know. You see, the cherry blossoms are about to bloom in Japan and I absolutely can't wait. I feel like a kid before xmas - the anticipation is high. I walk through Inokashira Park at least twice a day and lately I find myself obsessed with the cherry blossom phenomenon.
I stole this photo from our neighbour, Josh. Hope you don't mind. This is a photo of the park yesterday.
Within a week, it should look like this
My guestimation is that there will be some sakura blooming this weekend, but next weekend is when all the action will happen. It's supposed to rain this Sunday so hopefully not too many sakura have bloomed because they are delicate things and the rain would just knock them off the trees (this would be absolute disaster for our hanami party due to be held April 9). You see I come from a subtropical part of the world - Brisbane Australia where the weather is dare I say the best in the world (i.e. if you like mild winters, warm summers, drinking beers on a big wide open veranda, swimming outdoors and going to the beach). I was spoilt, but I never knew it until I lived in places that have freezing cold winters where you have to have overcoats, scarves and gloves (never really owned any of these in Brisbane). I must say though that I enjoy 'four seasons' and the anticipation that comes with it, BUT in the end really, I just wanna wear a t-shirt all year round.
I leave you today with some cute Japanese links. After cruising some crafty blogs recently I see that the 'zakka' or sundry goods (sounds so lame compared with zakka, I think I prefer knick knacks - that's a cuter translation, isn't it) made by Decole, a Japanese company, are attracting a bit of attention. They are very cute. Their company website is cute as is all their stuff. Here are some of the facts I learnt while doing some research. They are a company based in Nagoya. They are known for their original wooden 'zakka', which is mostly made in China. You can download their spring wallpaper for your desktop here. Scroll down to the bottom and right click on one of the photos and save it to your desktop.
Here are a few online stores selling Decole products (none of them seem to ship overseas - which is not surprising as I have never (to date) found a Japanese online store that ships overseas):
Happyknot - a Decole specialty store. Only in Japanese and only ships within Japan. A lot of their stuff is sold out. It seems very popular.