Today I took some of my children and grandchildren to a small nursing facility to sing Christmas carols. Pam Jackson, a friend from church lives there and I heard that they were looking for groups who would want to come and carol. Pam was living in Humble, TX when we first moved there in 1978. It was a great experience and I stopped to visit with Pam for awhile. It touched me so much when she told me how concerned she had been about me and my cancer. She told me how she had written me a card and and couldn’t find my address, so she ended up tearing it up. I plan to go visit Pam on a regular basis. Singing and seeing the reaction of the residents to our little ones made me smile.
The movers arrived promptly at 9:00am on April 2. It took three days for them to pack us. Then our home of six years looked like this:
No more seeing the Angel Moroni from our window.
We did have time to get out and around Tokyo for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) one last time.
Hanami Party at Ueno Park
I also took a short walk around my neighborhood and favorite park. Goodbye Tokyo Temple and your beautiful gardens
Goodbye Arisugawa Park.
I won’t miss you miss you, Mr. Crow.
Very early on Friday morning we went to the airport for our flight to Singapore and then on to Perth, Australia to spend two weeks with Luke, Allyson, Madeleine and Isabelle.
Goodbye, Land of the Rising Sun. We will miss you…you are part of our hearts. We are so grateful that we were able to live here for six years. We are grateful for friends who have blessed our lives. We are grateful for all we have learned.
Sometimes I am grateful for days like today.
The view from my window
Since yesterday was the first day of spring here in Japan, it only made sense that it was a gorgeous, spring like, day here in Tokyo. Early today I was still cold on my bike ride, but when we went out around noon it had warmed up a bit, the sun was shining and there were hardly any clouds in the sky. We started with lunch at our favorite tonkatsu place. Next we took the train to Kasairinkankoen. It’s also known as Tokyo Sea Life Park. We walked around for awhile.
View of Tokyo Disney
I am grateful for wonderful Saturdays.
Last fall I posted photo after photo of the changing autumn leaves. The changing leaves go on for quite awhile and so did the posts. I have already posted several photos of cherry blossoms, but they will be gone soon. The cherry blossoms disappear much quicker than the autumn leaves. Yesterday when I was out I noticed that the green leaves are already starting to take over and it started “snowing” petals on Sunday.
Here are a few photos from yesterday at my favorite spot in Aoyama Cemetery.
Yesterday we walked to Aoyama Cemetery with Ian, Hillary and Andrew. Andrew actually slept in the stroller on the way there, woke up and walked around a little and rode back home. Then today I met some of the women from our district and went to Shinjuku Gyoen for a little more hanami (blossom viewing). Here are the photos:
Photo shoot of cute Andrew
New maple leaves
Picnics under the sakura trees
It’s cherry blossom time in Tokyo. Rick keeps reminding me that this may be my last year to see them. Tuesday he had a holiday and so went walked around Tokyo to see some of them. I’m lucky to be able to see some right out my window.
East Garden of the Imperial Palace
There is a man here in Kingwood who sets up a huge train display in his front yard every year. The trains travel through Christmas Villages and stop so children can choose a chocolate from the cars. He also has two small Thomas trains that small children are allowed to ride around a small figure eight track. It was a fun stop.`
The Rocking Cardinal Choir
This is what I what I came early for. Caitlyn is in her school choir. It’s not often that I get to see school programs. I really enjoyed this one especially when she sang in a small group.
Although Christmas is not celebrated as a Christian holiday in Japan, it is celebrated as a commercial one. It’s all about the merchants making more money.
Often constructions sites in Tokyo have windows so that you can look in and watch the building process. This window has been converted into a Christmas display. The Santa on the right was dancing.