Ahhh, Nakano. The weather is warming up, and the street becomes more inviting. I love this combination of blue leg warmers and hot pants. And how the runner is too serious to be using the sidewalk. Late spring and early summer are my favorite time of year.
I love the combination of this youth’s purple and blue outfit beneath the pink lanterns set up for cherry blossom season. Amidst all the drab gray concrete of Tokyo, there is natural and human color everywhere!
Spring is in the air!
Late-stage cherry blossom madness had this older Salary Man perched on a guard rail above the Imperial Moat, one hand on the tree, the other on his keitai (mobile phone with camera). The multi-petal bossoms are the finale to this pink spring mania. Popular dedication cannot be over-stated.
My tulips are in full bloom on the balcony garden. I planted them underneath my winter pansies. Below is a common bulb called Ipheion that I planted in one of my small flower pots.
A friend sent this photo showing a daffodil in the pot I made. Yeah, spring!
Spring comes slowly in Tokyo. Here’s the husband enjoying a rare bit of sun on our balcony. You can see my ceramics and the city views from the 10th floor.
Mrs O looks stunning in London ahead of the G-20 meeting. Bright and sparkling, she’s the image of spring. When is she coming to Tokyo? Here it is cold, with thunder, lightening and the possibility of “wintery mix” or slush overnite . .
I love spring. It’s been cold here the past two weeks, and the ever vigilant newscasters are reporting that the cherry blossom season is now one week behind the previous estimate. There’s actually a nightly map showing the progress from south to north, and west to east for peak blooms. It’s flower mania.
The photo above is an unknown (to me) woodsy flower growing outside our apartment complext. Below is quince plus some other very common small white flower shrub.
And just around the corner, near the house demolitions, is this amazingly fragrant small bush. It smells like honey. I wonder what it’s called?