I wish Tokyo would be warmer this year because the most beautiful season where everything grows back to life was a bit hard to enjoy..Rain and strong wind and the temperature staying below 10C are not the conditions under which you prefer viewing sakura in bloom or having picnic in the park…But nevertheless, I enjoyed the view from different locations, more by a sudden opportunity rather than a special plan in mind..
This one was my first hanami. Right before watching Sherlock Homes in Roppongi Hills, me and my husband did a little detour to Sakura zaka to see these gorgeous flowers in bright illumination.
Then, I had a lunch picnic with my little minions at Meguro river.
Lille made (from scratch) almond and chocolate muffins and puffy bacon pie with cheese – delicious! It’s amazing what you can do with a Japanese microwave and a little bit of patience.
Sakura was in full bloom at that day and because of the strong wind, it rained on us non stop. When I got back to my office, my bag was full of little pink and white petals.
These are my most favorite Magnolia flowers blooming in the rain somewhere in Shibuya. When the petals begin to fall, you better watch out especially if the tree is big, they can hit your head pretty hard. Happened to me last year in Shinjuku gyoen park. ^-^
Then on Saturday night me and my husband went to Russian Orthodox church for Easter celebration. It was cold and windy, we could hardly keep our candle flame going during procession around the church. As always it was beautiful – choir singing, bells ringing and people coming to join from every street. I met Anastasia and her sister and some of my old Russian friends.
Before the service started we walked around the Imperial palace and wandered into Hibiya park.
Then walked along the canal where giant carps were jumping out of water.
Paid our respect to Gozilla statue ^-^
and to gorgeous Peninsula hotel! ^-^
Then a week later, I met Serezha in Sakuragicho for the movie “My darling is a foreigner” where none other but our own Gow was starring in it alongside with Dante from Softbank commercials.
The movie was funny and easy to watch but for me had its shortcomings too. Some of the scenes were a bit disconnected as in all Japanese movie interpretations of famous manga. There were also scenes that had the sole purpose of honoring movie sponsors like wedding scene sponsored by the likes of Zexy. It had no meaning and reminded me again how much I hate robotic circus like weddings that often take place in Japan. Also the stereotypes in the movie drove me crazy. A huge maguro head on the plate in a kaiten sushi restaurant ordered by a foreigner – seriously! That’s ridiculous!
Oh, and Gow chan had to speak bad Japanese with an American accent! I bet it was difficult for her since her Japanese is perfect!
Oh, and couple of days ago I met with Rodion. He is also from St.Petersburg and used to work for a local TV channel before coming to Tokyo.
We have similar backgrounds and the same passion for milkshakes and video games. ^-^
He took me to one of his favorite cafes in Shibuya where I had a very unhealthy half a litre of milkshake and some decent tacos.
Then, we went to a game center to shoot monsters and play guitar hero.
My last hanami was near my office during lunch break. My friend Hiro bought a new toy camera and wanted to check it out. The pictures are not ready yet but he took some with my camera too.
That day and the day I went to Sakuragicho were the only warm days and it’s already middle of April. What is up with the spring this year?