Spring is here

I hope that everyone is enjoying the nice weather lately. I'm kinda sad right now because as much as I don't want to admit, I think that winter is finally over and spring is upon us. The reason I say this is because I didn't get a chance to go snowboarding this winter and I'm kinda bummed about it. I have been pretty busy lately and our schedules didn't match up so we couldn't go snowboarding this winter. On the bright side of things I'm looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms again this year.

I live near the O river ( that's exactly what it says on google maps in English if you pull up Sakuranomiya station ) and it is lined with cherry blossom trees all the way up and down the river. Last year we went for a walk down river and there were tons of people barbecuing and boozing it up! I wanted to barbecue too but I was told that the signs say that it's illegal to barbecue in the park. That sure wasn't stopping the hundreds of people there on that occasion. It was interesting to see how in Japanese culture it's okay to get drunk and pass out at a hanami but it's not okay to eat while you are walking. It is also interesting how business and personal life sometimes become one in a Japanese company.  For example, the most junior person is sent out to go find a nice spot to hold a party and put out the infamous blue tarp.

Another reason that I don't like spring coming is that summer is just around the corner. I dread summers here in Japan. I come from a place that is hot all year round but it's not humid like here in Japan.  Sometimes it feels like you are walking through water because it's so humid. Does anyone have any good ways of dealing with the humidity in summer?

I hope you all can enjoy spring and look forward to hearing your stories in class.

Mahalo!

 Scott