22 Feb

My daughters have final exams at school next week, so they’ve been studying hard these days.

So, my wife decided to go out today together and let them stay home alone to study.

We didn’t go far nor for long. My wife prepared lunch for the four of us (my youngest isn’t home…she’s currently on a ski-trip in 新潟 (Niigata). Click here to read about that.), we ate lunch together…then we left them to study. We were back before dinner.

We went on a bicycle ride to a nearby park and had a beer together and talked for awhile.

There were a number of trees with 寒桜 (Kanzakura)…which is a type of Sakura cherry-blossom that blooms in colder weather (earlier than other cherry-blossoms):



And (Plum Blossoms):




And here’s pictures of 水仙 (Daffodils) that were there:



一番好きな花は何? (What’s your favorite flower?)

Mine is 「ハエトリグザ」 (Venus Flytrap). Is that a flower? No?
OK, then, I’d say my favorite is (Sakura cherry blossoms).

14 Responses to “Flowers”

  1. Mom March 3, 2009 at 3:44 am #

    Hi Everyone! My favorite flowers are cherry blossoms, roses and magnolias. It sounds like you both had a nice date together while the girls studied. that was making good use of the time. I hope they did good on their tests, and I am sure they all got high marks. That is so cool that the youngest went on a ski trip w/ friends! I would love to see her ski. Mary, it is so good to hear from you! I hope your plans for the day care come true soon, then you might have more time, maybe! and when are you and Frank going to tie the knot? Mb, sorry I missed your phone call. I have been sick with a bad stomach bug. we got a bad first snow storm here last night too. of course our winters are nothing like the northeast has had, thank goodness! love you all.


    • tokyo5 March 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

      >My favorite flowers are cherry blossoms, roses and magnolias.

      Cherry blossoms and roses are quite different.
      桜 (Cherry blossoms) are fragile and are gone not long after blooming…バラ (Roses) are strong and durable (and have thorns!).

      桜 (Cherry blossoms) are important to Japanese because they represent the fragility of life and how short it is.
      バラ (Roses) are popular in America…maybe because of how unfragile they are.


  2. bartman905 February 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    > What’s your favorite flower?

    Sakura cherry blossoms.


    • tokyo5 February 28, 2009 at 12:44 am #


      As I wrote above, I like 桜 (cherry blossoms) too.


  3. Kevin February 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m an Asian who has been studying in the U.S for one and a half years. I have some closed friends in the college. However, sometimes I feel pissed off when they call me Asian guy. I know they do not mean to offend me; they just want to make a joke. Therefore, I have came up with my blog as a way to express Asian lifestyle. Take a look and tell me what you think.

    By the way, my wordpress-based blog runs perfectly on Firefox and Safari, but sucks on IE. It’s my biggest issue.


    • tokyo5 February 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

      I saw your website. It’s interesting. I guess, though, you should put a notice that some parts aren’t proper to view if there are children in the room.

      Anyways, are you from Vietnam? Thailand?


  4. naoko February 23, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    I”ve heard that the eastern Japan was so cold last weekend. But I can know from your beautiful photos that the spring is coming near!
    My favorite is….teppou yuri
    I’d worked at the flower shop for 5 years, so I know many kinds of flower that are more fancier than teppou yuri but after all I like simple flowers. 水仙 smells so nise!


    • tokyo5 February 23, 2009 at 10:52 am #


      Last weekend was cold in Tokyo…but the weekend before that was unusually warm…then it got real cold.

      It’s cold and rainy today…but yesterday (when we went to the park) was a nice day.

      Did you work in a 花屋 (flower shop)? You must love flowers. My wife and daughters like flowers alot…actually when we went to Florida five years ago, they were expecting to see many flowers (because Florida is Spanish for flowery)…but they were disappointed—there are more flowers in Tokyo than Florida!


  5. Aunt Mary February 23, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    I like your new webpage, its very cool! I got your post card with the tiny picture but my eyesight is going in my old age. We are all enduring the cold winter here. Everyone is doing good. Ill give you a run down:
    S: living in fla, going to school
    R: opening up a barber shop in tampa
    M: Teenage girl who likes boys now. Into shopping at aeropastel, american eagle and hollister, do they have those stores there?
    T: 13 now, totally a gamer, still hates girls.
    Me and Frank: finally engaged and working on opening a family daycare so I can quit my job, yeah!
    We have 2 cats and a chihuaua. at the moment.
    Please forgive me for my lack of writing. I was never very good at that. Miss you all!!!!


    • tokyo5 February 23, 2009 at 10:43 am #


      I edited your comment. I don’t like to put my family members’ names online (I just use their first initial). I also edited your kids’ names to their initials.

      >I like your new webpage

      Thanks. Please visit and comment often.

      >I got your post card with the tiny picture

      You got the New Years postcard? Good.
      Sorry that the photo is small…usually the picture on our New Years postcard turns out better.

      So, your kids are growing up. Mine too! It happens so quickly.
      I was surprised to read that “R” has a barber-shop in Fla! The last time I saw him, he was a little kid!


  6. Sir Pent February 23, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    I am watching the movie The Hunted with Christopher Lambert and John Lone. It’s about a western business man traveling in Japan when he gets caught in feud between Ninjas and Samurais.

    I remember seeing it in the theater when it came out. This movie is how I discovered the Japanese percussion group KODO.

    Anyway, I thought of you.


    • tokyo5 February 23, 2009 at 10:37 am #

      I’ve never heard of that movie before.
      I’ll look for it.


  7. Mb February 23, 2009 at 4:24 am #

    Nice pictures–very pretty. Sounds like a fun day! My favorite flower is a daffodil, so I liked the pictures of those. In my class, we had a Venus Fly Trap as a ‘class pet’, but sadly, it died. They’re really hard to care for!


    • tokyo5 February 23, 2009 at 10:36 am #


      I had a Venus Fly Trap once when I was little. They are hard to care for.


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