In North America, the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” This is not true in Japan. Our rainy season begins in mid-June, and it is hot and humid. April in Japan is usually still very cold, and this is the time for cherry blossoms. In addition, one of our favorite school events happens in early April, the International Food Day.
International Food Day is when lots of the countries represented at CA come out with their best dishes. The event usually starts with a Parade of Nations. Tess and I walked for Peru with Maximo, and Riley walked the USA. Todd took photos. There are also games for the little kids and music and dance numbers by the CA community. The weather was cold and dreary this year, which made me miss last year when we hung out at the playground.
Here are the pictures from April and the International Food Day.
Last year, we did not get to go to Ohanami because we had a 1:1 workshop at our school. This year we were wary of celebrating because the nation was in mourning due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. We talked to several people before deciding to go. We usually head to Sakura Shukugawa which is a neighborhood that has a river running through it, and the cherry blossoms ring the river. The Lemleys got their the earliest and nabbed the perfect spot. The Japanese participants did not want the black wrought iron fence to block their view, and we wanted it so that our children did not fall off of the cliff into the water below. There was tons of food and the kids had a blast. Luckily, the weather was lovely.
Here are the photos.
Finally, the Elementary School Leadership group ran a Walk-a-Thon to raise money for Tohoku Relief. Here are the photos from that event.
And what better way to end the month than with a royal wedding. I was 5 years old when I watched Princess Diana and Prince Charles walk down the aisle. I remember it vividly. The girls, being 4 and 6, were as excited about the royal wedding as I was 30 years ago. Their friend, Zoe, came over for a play date, and they dressed up like princess as well.