I'm finally ready to blog again. So much has happened in the last year, good and bad, but I haven't had the time to devote to crafting or blogging. I've poured a lot of thoughts into my writing though, and it has been both cathartic and therapeutic. To ease back into things, I'm posting pictures from the 51st Annual Sakura Matsuri in Washington, D.C., from last Saturday. It was also the 99th anniversary of the gift of the trees, so next year is the centennial! I hope my mom will come out for that ... (hint, hint)
One of the featured crafts ...
|Akiko Greene, a professor at Japanese Doll School Headquarters|
Some games and demos ...
|Adorable girls demonstrating tea ceremony|
|Martial arts including kendo, aikido, kyudo, etc.|
|The cutest Go group I've ever seen!|
Some performers from Japan and New York ...
|AUN ... twin brothers with amazing skills!|
|A youth drumming group|
|Reni Mimura with a volunteer (Taran was too intimidated to pose with her) ... and an amazing magician|
|A group from New York who does samurai demos and scenes|
Overwhelming feelings of goodwill and charity ...
|Japan Society ambassadors collecting Japan Relief donations ... they were so sweet!|
|A wishing tree with the cutest ice cream wish and ours for world peace|
Here we are ...
|... standing under a torii. Try as I might, I can't look tall next to Taran anymore!|
|He's cute even taking a break to eat his bento from Kushi!|
And, of course, the trees ...
|It's been so cold, many of them were only starting to flower!|
|One of the most beautiful trees we saw|
I'm so lucky to have a husband and son who enjoy the same things I do. We spent all day in D.C. despite the cold weather and overcast sky. It was well worth it, especially for my son, who got so into the spirit of giving that he gave away all my cash to the Japan Relief volunteers! It's a great cause though, so I didn't mind!
Our love and thoughts are with you, Japan, and also to our friends, the Tamadas, who moved back in December. We miss you!