Saturday, March 1, the Todaiji Temple in Nara was all lit up during the annual Omizutori festival. This festival marks the beginning of spring. It would have been cool to be there, but Nara is near Kyoto and definitely not near here. I don’t really need the priests in Nara to tell me that spring is here the ume (plum) blossoms and warmer weather tell me that. However, I did first notice the ume a few weeks ago when I went for a walk in the park during a snow storm. The bright pink blossoms were quite a contrast to the snow. I really need to get out and have a more exciting life. The weather and seasonal changes in the park are quite boring. I need to get some pictures of dogs in strollers or something!!!! Japan really isn’t as boring as I make it seem. So it’s 2 pm and I am off with my camera to find something interesting to blog about and besides I still need some exercise today!