With all the choppy weather and rain that we have seen it is a wonder that the cherry blossoms held up as well as they did. More cloudy days are forecast, but it is unlikely that we will see any more cold.
Many people were unfortunately forced to cancel their ‘hanami’ parties and what a shame for those that did. However, others braved the cold and took a risk. At the Smith’s School of English in Kotoen, スミス英会話 甲東園, the official ‘hanami’ did not get off the ground but we were able to have a short get-together to view some of the prettiest blossoms in Hyogo Prefecture, at the mountain-side of Kabuto-yama where Nishinomiya and Takarazuka meet. Students from KGU were everywhere.
Now as I write most of the blossoms are gone, but a few of the popular later variety known as ‘yaezakura’ are still around and they look lovely. I handful of dogwoods are in bloom and before you know it, the world will be all pink and white again when the azaleas bloom. In front of the Kotoen school, azaleas are everywhere and buds are beginning to open.
Now as we all break up for a much-deserved rest, we will miss watching those pink azaleas blooming in front of the school, but they tend to last a good long while and should be looking fine when we return May 7th.
Until then, take care everyone!
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School of English in Kotoen 月謝制 Real Monthly Tuition English Conversation School