Last week Sunday, I went with a friend to see the plum blossoms at Dazaifu Tenmanguu. Besides the 飛び梅 (Super Awesome Legendary Flying Plum Tree That Kicks Non-flying Trees’ Butts) there were plenty of plum trees within the temple precincts. There are three shades of plum flower: white, soft pink, and magenta. They have varying degrees of fragrance. I will go back to Tenmanguu sometime this week, so hopefully the flowers will be at their peak then. But, the pictures I took that day were pretty nice, thinks I, so I will post some. Ah, actually, the header photo, which I changed the day I went, was from this visit to Tenmanguu.
In other news, today was Graduation. But, I forgot my camera, and in any case, I can’t post pictures of students, and I don’t really know the graduating class. There’s…three 3rd years that I’ve had more than passing conversations with, but still not much. I wish them luck! It seems…some of them are really gonna need it it. ^_^;;;
Ah, for those that don’t know, students graduate in their regular school uniforms. Well, they had a corsage with a purple flower. There aren’t exactly school colors here, but purple seems to have some special meaning for the school (or the area, maybe, since I live in an area called Murasaki and I’m not too far from my school). So, although they don’t wear caps & gowns…at least at my school, the students marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance.” ^o^ I’ll add a photo of the corsage later. EDIT: It’s later! ^o^
Well, tonight’s the graduation enkai. For the first time, I’ll also go to the nijikai (after-party). Not that I’m a big party person, I don’t even drink so I figure I’ll just be pouring drinks for increasingly incoherent coworkers, but I figured I should go to at least one nijikai. We have Tuesday off, so I’m sure several people are planning on getting nice and toasty. ^_^;