“Then the wind blows and you’re surrounded by cherry blossom petals like a snow storm!”
Right, well we’re not experiencing THAT yet. We had real snow this week. So Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival today is a bit under-bloomed and quite cold! Taking group photos in our pilots’ bomber jackets and flight suits this morning it may have warmed up into the 40s. Brr!
Friday’s Yokohama Bay Cruise with the American and Japanese spouses’ club was really fun—the boat had tatami mats and we ate fresh tempura and sushi. I had pickled radishes, boiled shellfish, salmon caviar, tempura mushrooms and pumpkin (my favorite of course!!), assorted sushi rolls, etc. Yum! We floated around the bay, then up and down a river lined with cherry trees (or Honmaru). It’s been so cold that most of them haven’t quite bloomed even though this week could have been their peak. Maybe next year. The traditional Japanese songs being karaoked in the background pretty much made up for any lack of blossoms!