Spring Frolics

I have been told that we are experiencing a colder than usual spring this year which has caused the sakura, or cherry blossoms, to open a bit later than expected. This past weekend we were able to enjoy celebrating our first Easter and hanami, or flower viewing, in Japan.

We started our Easter festivities off on Saturday by dying about 4 dozen eggs at our friend's house. I had brought an egg dying kit from Canada last summer and was really grateful for my foresight. The food coloring here is really strange and weak. As far as I know, it is only derived from natural, plant based sources, which is better for your health than the chemical food colouring available back home, but doesn't really work when you want vibrant colours or are trying to colour egg shells. I also find that each colour has a strange taste and comes in a powder form that is really hard to work with. I have made a mental note to bring back liquid and gel food colouring from Canada when we go back for a visit. Sure it's all chemicals, but if you're going to do something, you might as well do it right.

On Easter morning, Theo and William woke up to find that the Easter bunny even comes to Japan. They found a little basket of goodies that he left them on the balcony.

After church we had an Easter egg hunt in a neighbourhood park using all the eggs we made the day before. This was the first time most of these children had ever hunted for eggs and I think it was a big hit.

Later that day, we went to the castle to see the sakura which had opened a few days before.

Even though Theo's spring break has ended, he is only in kindergarten half days (his full days are only about 4 1/2 hours long and half days are about 2 and a bit hours) until the 19th of April. This means he returns for lunch ever day, leaving us free to enjoy our bentos and the sakura at the neighbourhood park.

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