Hello again everybody. It's wonderful to virtually see you all today. I've missed you for the past few months. But anyway, as you can tell by the name, this update is just a quick heads up on what's going on for sakura season here in my little city of Aizu. Most of the places nearby are pretty colorful, but since Aizu is in the middle of a valley and is significantly colder than other places in Fukushima prefecture, the season arrives a bit later. I have seen one or two blossoms opening on a few trees, though, and I'm thinking within a week or two it's going to be a pink-a-palooza all over this place. I'm really looking forward to going to a hanami (or two) with some friends when the time comes, but for now, I can wait patiently.
    "So, what else has been happening the past few months?" I hear you ask. At least that's what I'm imagining everyone saying, so let's address that. April in Japan means the beginning of the new school year for the children, as well as the fiscal new year, so it's been a little taxing on a lot of people. My kids classes are very different now, which includes many moving to the next preschool, elementary school, and junior high school classes. I have to admit, it's a great feeling to see students that I've been teaching for nearly the past two years improving and growing up. It's kind of bitter-sweet, though, since I know I'm not going to live in Aizu for the rest of my life, and at some point I'm going to have to say goodbye to all of them. And then those mixed feelings are mixed with more mixed feelings since I've missed seeing some of my own cousins getting older and growing up. I've still got time, though, so I'll just enjoy the way things are until I inevitably return to the USA in the future.
    I hope to write again before the end of the month and include heaps of sakura pictures and wonderful goodness for the whole family to enjoy! Until then, please comment and let me know if there's a topic you want me to write or talk about in the future. I'll try to honor as many requests as I can, including video requests, which I'll be sure to post on YouTube. It's been way too long since I made one, and my channel is puny with only two videos on it. ToT Have a good one everybody!



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