Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Argh! It's too nice outside...
…to be sitting in the teacher’s room. The temperature is slowly rising and everything is in bloom. Most of my classes are in the afternoon. I will have one class today, at . The rest of the time I will spend surfing the net, reading a book, writing blogs, processing astrophotos, or experiencing boredom. I have so much to do at home, but I must do my time here. Erika just called to inform me that on Friday I get to go on a fieldtrip…yeah!!!
will be taking the kids on an all
day hike. We will even have a picnic…cool! I know…it’s a tough job, but someone
has to do it. Minami Shonai Elementary School
We picked up a few school items in Beppu this past weekend. The cherry blossoms were outstanding along Route 11 from Beppu to Yufuin. The blossoms are short lived which made viewing the elusive “sakura” a challenge. Timing was everything. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time. The blooms are late in Tsukahara because of the elevation. While most of
has finished with the cherry
blossoms, Tsukahara was just getting started. The hillsides were dotted with
wild mountain cherry trees in bloom. Here’s something that I learned about
cherry blossoms: The mountain cherries (yama-sakura) produce their leaves
before the blossoms. The domesticated cherries (yoshino-sakura) produce
blossoms before the leaves. This
explains why the blooms are not as spectacular in the hills as they are in the
parks with the domesticated trees. Okay, enough with the horticulture lesson. Japan