friday. i took a short trip to ogose bairin (plum grove) to admire the plum blossoms, a step ahead of the crowds that were bound to gather when the annual plum blossom festival began the following day. and what great timing it was! the flowers had just reached their peak, and the pale pink blossoms simply seem to glow under the blue sky. there was only a handful of other people visiting, so i was able to enjoy a leisurely ride.
though the weather has been swinging between winter and spring almost by day, it’s a comfort to see a sign that nature, nevertheless, is moving along in a sure and predictable way.