Signs of spring

Unlike most diaries, which are made for just a year, mine stretches back three years. It’s great because it allows me to look back and pinpoint what I was doing at a certain time and reminisce about how I was feeling at that exact moment.

I checked back to 2020 and saw that the cherry blossoms were just about to bloom this time last year, but by April 1st this year they were already fully in-bloom.

Before going to work I decided to drop into my local cafe ‘Saku Le Pain’ for a nice hot latte.

Then I stopped off at Jitokuji temple to see the cherry blossoms.

The pink weeping cherry trees were half-bloomed and there were some elderly people seizing the opportunity to snap some photos of the beautiful trees.

This temple has always been my favourite. From up here I can see for miles ー all the way out to Fukushima city with Mt Azuma looming in the distance.

Spread across the side of the mountain I caught a glimpse of the rabbitー shaped snow formation known as ‘Tanemaki Usagi’, which appears when the winter snow has all but melted. Tanemaki Usagi translates to ‘Seed-sowing rabbit’, as in the past farmers would be prompted to start sowing the seeds on their farms after seeing this white symbol, which marks the coming of spring.

I took a deep breath of the cool, fresh air and headed to work. 

It’s been ages!

I can’t believe it’s already been 2 and a half years.… my last post was in 2017!!!!!


Time really flies…

It’s been 2 years since I quit my teaching job and joined this company. ( International friendly hostel)

It’s really fun for me to meet new people from all over the world.  I really enjoy talking with them and show them some great sites. ( i am a certified local guide )



However, our hostel will be closed until May 6th due to the current state of emergency….


♠Stay at home♠

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

☝ This is from GOV.UK website.  Basically, Japan decided the same policy as UK.


★number of COVID-19 cases in Fukushima Pref.  66 (April 24)


I do hope this situation will end soon….


Autumn colors here and there

We went hiking to Tsuchiyu (Fukushima City) yesterday and enjoyed beautiful autumn colors ―

Here is a picture of Nidanuma Pond .

Yellow, red, orange and green…….vivid autumn colors here and there!

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Reflection of the colored leaves are so beautiful………..

Nidanuma Pond

And we went to the Tsutsujiyama park  - It’s a place famous for its wild flowers.

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Hydrangea is one of my favorite flowers.    You can enjoy those Autumn Hydrangea flowers in front of the park.

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Swertia japonica  Makino flowers ( Senburi in Japanese) .   They are the plants used in herbalism.

They have bitter leaves, but it is effective against hangovers!

And you can see  beautiful scenery with Japanese azaleas and Enkianthus perulatus in spring!

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This is a picture of Menuma Pond .  I took it from the top of the Park.

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According to the guide’s information, the  perfect season to see autumn leaves from here is around October 25.

I thought about how I want to come here again for the perfect scenery.


Please check the information of Tsuchiyu!!

Tsuchiyu Onsen