Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spring Turning The Corner

And sailing is not far behind.

The weather has been teasing us with sunny days of up to 20°C (68°F) followed by a day of wind, cold rain and a plunge to below freezing at night. But the trend is clear now. John Papadopolous at DoubleWave tells me our new Ullman sails are ready for shipment. Very soon we'll be able to take to the water with Bluesette for another great season on lake Hinuma.

Today we visited Shiroyama (castle mountain) Koen (park) in Kashima City. For 400 years this was the site of a castle of the Masamoto Kashima family, overlooking the south end of lake Kitaura. The castle is long gone, and Shoryama is now a park with lots of azaleas (which bloom in May and June) and cherry trees. Now is the season for sakura hanami (cherry blossom viewing). The trees were about 50% in bloom - a nice time to see them, as the buds give the trees a pink hue. Later, the blossoms will be more full, and the trees more white with a slight greenish tinge coming from budding leaves. It is a time for family picnics and company parties under the trees until late at night.

An earthen stage had been prepared and ladies in kimono performed traditional dances to celebrate the coming of sailing season. Well, that's my interpretation.

Spring has sprung at last.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Don Snabulus said...

Our cherry blossoms have mostly come and gone. Thanks to El Niňo, it was an early bloom year. I look forward to more sailing adventures soon!

Pandabonium said...

I look forward to more sailing adventures too! It seems a long cold spell.

HappySurfer said...

Awesome! Spring is in the air again. Thanks for the lovely pictures of cherry blossoms and prettily-clad ladies. Reminds me of bon odori.

I saw CNN the other day about picnics under the blossoms and I thought of you and MM and looking forward to this year's pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Also, looking forward to your sailing adventures..