March 30, 2010

Not Quite in Full Bloom

In the park down the street, the sakura trees are not quite in full bloom.

Branch by branch, they're blooming at different rates.

March 15, 2010

Graduation Cake

Big Sister graduated from high school on Saturday. Aunt bought her this cake. The bouquet of roses is made out of a lemon flavored candy. It says Omedetou. That means "Congratulations!" Those are sakura (cherry) blossoms stenciled on top of the cake in pink sugar.

March 13, 2010

Hakama Rental

Big Sister wore a hakama for graduation. We rented it from this shop. Note that either boots or traditional sandals could be rented. She chose to wear traditional shoes with it.

The shop's name is Suzunoya. 0120-753-411

March 11, 2010

The Bloom Blossomed

Peach blossom.

March 10, 2010

First Bloom

Not of the season. It is the first time this tree has bloomed! Ever. It has been pruned at the wrong times in the past. Everything has its season for blooming and pruning. It would get scraggly and in the way in the summer so somebody would snip at it. Finally, we got it right!

That's the top of the neighbor's house. The daphne (next post) is to the left of this tree.

Spring Snow

This daphne blooms every winter. Sun or snow. The olive tree in front of it is not doing well.

This one azalea bloom is a little early.

March 03, 2010

Girls' Day

We didn't put Big Sister's dolls out this year because we have a kitten in the house who knows no boundaries. This is a catalog from Isetan, a department store. Check the label below for other posts and photos.