As mentioned in my last post, the family and I went to see the cherry-blossoms (桜 sakura) at the University of Washington. The UW has a large courtyard called the “Quad”, which contains many trees donated from Japan almost 100 years ago. The trees are pretty large now, and very popular. Many Japanese people and non-Japanese people in Seattle like to visit the UW for ohanami (お花見) which is the annual viewing of cherry-blossoms.
I graduated from the UW, and enjoyed the Quad ever since I was a student. I still have an old photo of my wife when were still dating near those cherry trees, and another photo years later when she was pregnant with our first child. We have had many pleasant memories at that place.
Last year, Little Guy was too young for ohanami, so this year was his first. We were not 100% sure when the blossoms would appear, so we took a chance and visited last weekend (the 6th of March). The weather was fantastic, but not all the trees had bloomed yet. The view was great though:
Here is a photo of the blossoms, close-up:
Many people were gathered around the trees, taking photos. We also took a few photos, then sat on the lawn for a long time. Little Guy, who is now 17 months old, really enjoyed the warm, soft grass. He crawled around, and even walked a little bit. Here is Little Guy climbing on Daddy:1
and here he is rolling in the grass with his older sister (now 8 years old):
Anyhow, it was a great time. I hope you can see cherry blossoms wherever you live too. 🙂
1 He thinks it is funny to slap Daddy’s tummy. ;p