April 25, 2012

Sakura after the Bloom

Rin Tin Tin Grocery Store Promotion

 Collect stickers with purchases and GET! a dish.

April 13, 2012

Dream Hall on the Way to Fuchu no Mori Park, Higashi- Fuchu

Through the sakura branches you can see Fuchu no Mori Art Theater's Dream Hall.

Drifts of sakura petals.

We go to "The Nutcracker" at Dream Hall in December. Fuchu no Mori Park is down the street.

April 12, 2012

Fuchu no Mori Park at Higashi-Fuchu

Sakura lane.

A mother with a child on the back of her bicycle heads back toward the fountain. Click to enlarge the photo.

A view from the side.

Petals in the gutter.

Fuchu no Mori Koen--for information in English

April 10, 2012

Sakura by Car

There are street after street of sakura near Ajinomoto Stadium at Tobitakyu, Chofu.

What's the Blue?

The pink is the peach blossom tree in our garden. So what's the blue?

Baba's laundry hanger. I've posted other photos of laundry hangers from other gardens.

But I haven't posted this. It is the window box outside our second floor dining room window.

When we first moved in, I used to put potted plants there. After I watered them, they'd drip on Baba's laundry or futon. Baba and Aunt live downstairs. Usually there is more laundry hanging outside their sitting rooms.

April 07, 2012

Taking the Nets Home

Our vegetable stand man is taking a rest before he heads home.

April 04, 2012

Brown-eared Bubul Enjoying Sakura

Blue Skies

This is the peach tree in our garden in west Tokyo yesterday before the storm. Can you find the pigeon?

The peach tree did very well in the storm. Wonder where the pigeon is.

There were sparrows

in and near the sakura down in the park. There's not a cloud in the sky

except over Mt. Fuji.

Changes after the Storm

The storm stopped trains in Tokyo and grounded planes. From a distance it looks like the fields out here in west Tokyo came through the storm okay.

Some of the netting was blown off,

but there was also some damage. It could have been worse.

This idea worked well.

The vegetable stand man and his wife have taken down the boards and are back to work. See this post to see the preparations for the storm.

April 03, 2012

Changes in the Field

Our vegetable stand man usually covers some young plants with plastic to protect them.

This morning he was putting nets over the plastic for more protection. A big storm is coming toward Japan.

It is a lot of work! (The patch of green in the right foreground is broccoli that has been harvested, so he's not protecting it.)

The farmer of the other field had help. They put nets down to prevent the plastic from flying away. This is the first time I have seen them do it.

Work continued as usual after all the net was laid out. By 10:00 AM the wind was already picking up a lot. Fortunately, the nets were holding everything down.

After lunch, the vegetable stand man and his wife closed up for the day. They hammered boards to the end of the stand to protect it from the strong winds that may come our way.