Cherry Blossoms and Pesach

Yesterday was just one of those amazing days that, when looking back, it was simply amazing to have everything fall into place so perfectly (at least from my perspective).

It first starts this week, when Mai, my manager, and I decided we would go cherry blossom viewing. Sunday was the day for it but that is also Passover, so Mai was going to join us for dinner. However, the very next day, I caught a cold from one of my wee ones. Because of this, our plans were up in the air. Thankfully, the cold I caught was from a 2 year old, so it was actually pretty weak. But, because of it, Mai decided it was best not to join us for dinner so I can relax.

Fast forward to yesterday! Mai, Sam, and I went to Tateyama’s Castle, which is a little ways away from our apartment, but you can see it from where we live. This place was beautiful; you climb a mountain that is lined with blossoming trees to reach a castle that overlooks the whole area. It was a bit of a foggy day, but I honestly don’t think it detracted from the experience. It added more mystery to everything.

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Some of the trees at the base of the mountain

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Trees at the base of the mountain.

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Our walk up the mountain path.

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Some white cherry blossoms.

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つばき or common camellia

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More camellias

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:O!

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Our city’s castle!

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Our city’s castle and us!

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Sam!

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Mai!

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Tateyama!

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The path down the mountain.

 

Now what could make this day better? Oh, if at the tea house (the same one I went to with Mai while dressed in kimonos) they were serving tea and sweets in a tea ceremony style! Also, at the extremely reasonable price of 300¥ a person.

Here is the entrance that lead to the tea house.

Here is the entrance that lead to the tea house.

This is the tea room, where they prepared some of the tea that was served. Most of it was prepared behind the scenes and brought out, to save time.

This is the tea room, where they prepared some of the tea that was served. Most of it was prepared behind the scenes and brought out, to save time.

This tea house always has amazing tea sweets!

This tea house always has amazing tea sweets!

The tea house's garden is fantastic!

The tea house’s garden is fantastic!

After we headed back down the mountain, we stopped off by the food stands. There was a ふりふりポタト stand, which is basically french fries that you shake with a flavoring powder. When we went to Tateyama Matsuri, we got a barbecue flavor; this time we went for カレ curry. It was fantastic! Why don’t we have curry flavored french fries more often?! I would die eating those everyday! I also got an amazing blueberry banana crepe.

We came back home, said goodbye to Mai, and then proceeded to make our dinner. It took us a while since we had to go out and buy some groceries twice (we ran out of olive oil in the middle of it all). In the end, it was fantastic and a perfect end to the perfect day. Until my cold flared up and I couldn’t really breath through my nose, but let’s not dwell on that ending…

Our pesach feast!

Our pesach feast! Our matzo balls were some definite, toothsome sinkers, which I love!

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5 Responses to Cherry Blossoms and Pesach

  1. deb92024 says:

    Sounds like a lovely blend of traditions! Really enjoyed reading this posting. xox

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shanna Bryant says:

    The blossoms are beautiful and my god! Those matzo balls!! Great pics of you guys, too. xoxoxo

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Leda says:

    Great post!! The most perfect Spring celebration ever told!
    You guys both look great. I especially love the selfie at the beginning!

    Like

  4. Bernie says:

    I’m glad you had a wonderful time! You deserve it. xox

    Liked by 1 person

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