28/5 – 3/6 ((Not so) Rainy Season)

 

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149: First day of rainy season

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150: Strawberries

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151: Etcha-sketchy Mama

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152: Big Balloon

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153: Fakewell Tart

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154: It rained!

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155: Little Teddy

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27/5

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148: Sliding

16/05 – 23/05 (Cabin Fever)

Yet another round of colds, plus sky-high PM 2.5 levels,meant a long stretch of inside days.

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137: Blocks

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138: Bread

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139: Wings

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140: New House

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142: Chimney Dinosaur

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143: Writing

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144: Soramame

A Very Belated Cherry Blossom Post

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These were taken months ago now, and it feels like it, with summer fast (too fast) approaching. We arrived back in Japan in mid-March, sakura already halfway to full bloom. Our last trip to the UK was in 2011, just after the earthquake, and we got back home just too late for the blossoms, so it was extra sweet to be in time this year.

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The toddler seemed to really enjoy sakura season this year, pointing out “more cherry blossom” all over the city, and picking up stray blossoms to give to me and the husband. She got into the hanami spirit too, and actually sat still long enough to have a picnic of sandwiches and sekihan (and beer for me) under a cherry tree in a local park. There was still a lot of taking turns to chase her as she ran around, of course.

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Last year’s pictures, here.

25/05

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115: Tea Party

We spent a lovely afternoon at a friend’s, drinking tea, eating homemade cake and dango, and supervising the chaos that is 6 small children in one apartment.

09/04

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99: Taters

I’ve been meaning to do potato painting for ages, pretty sure I enjoyed this more than the toddler.