This week my students were working on their penpal letters. I had them write a letter, and then on the back of it describe their favorite place in Japan. Some turned out really beautiful:
Some were funny (this student wrote about our city as the best place to visit):
Some were just funny (Family Mart is a convenience store chain in Japan, and apparently his favorite place in the whole country):
This week was also the start of hanami. Hana means flower and mi means to view. So, it’s essentially “flower watching season.” The sakura, or cherry blossoms, are blooming. During this time of year, people enjoy having hamami parties to sit underneath the pretty trees while they talk and eat with friends. This week I went to Ueno Park in Tokyo with some neighbors of mine. We went at night, which actually gave the sakura a strange ghostly effect.
Then a news guy wanted to interview us because I’m white.
Then we ate our dinner. I even tried chicken liver and cartilage. I did not like them.
On Saturday I did some more hanami in Inokashira Park in Tokyo.
Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as exciting as I had hoped it would be. I wanted to see some cosplayers, but I didn’t see any. We came late in the day though so I think we missed the most interesting stuff.