April has just started. We certainly appreciate the full bloom of bluebonnet everywhere in Austin and central Texas. Hope you enjoy the short spring time of this year in Texas.
Volunteers from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin are working hard to facilitate programs and events for you during these upcoming months. Please take the time to enjoy these activities, which are only made possible through the generous support of our members and sponsors.
Hanami (花見 lit. flower viewing)
After what has been a particularly harsh winter in Japan this year, last week the people began formerly celebrating the arrival of spring and the beloved Sakura (cherry blossom) seen as the national flower and a great symbol of hope and renewal.
For the next two weeks, they will enjoy the sweet fragrances and the brilliant displays of color, mostly pink but also deeper shades of red and white.
The viewing phenomenon also called the Hanami or Ohanami has been celebrated for centuries. It is often accompanied by various types of food and drink that celebrate the transient beauty of the cherry blossom, which usually flowers for a period of one and two weeks, starting in late January in the tropical islands of Okinawa and stretching into May in Hokkaido in the north.
For Japanese students, this period coincides with the end of one school year and the start of the next.
Meanwhile, I coincidentally found the pretty bluebonnets in the Nagoya Port Wildflower Garden in Japan. The Blue Bonnet Wildflower Garden is located in a very short boat ride from Nagoya Port. There are 22 mini-gardens featuring a model garden design by an English garden designer, Robin Williams and a wide variety of wild flowers throughout the year.
Renewed Student or Educator/Individual/Family Members ($25/$35/$50)
12/1/2013 - 3/31/2014
Takeshi & Mami Udagawa Mark Eaton
Zach & Chelsa Capers
Gayle & Scot Crumley
Tomio Yamakoshi Petrosky
Stay active and see you at Kimono Fashion Show and Origami hands-on activity at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Musem on Sunday, April 6th!