2013年4月19日金曜日

Cherry blossom light up at Matsumoto Castle April 6

Every year when the cherry blossom do their thing at Mastumoto castle there is a light up event in the evening complete with a concert of haunting shakuhachi (bamboo flute) koto and drum music, sweet dumplings or hearty pork and veggie soup and a tea ceremony.

Every year this festival runs for just one week.

And every year I wait for a rainy day as I think the whole thing is just that much more beautiful and haunting in the rain and it is also less crowded as not so many people feel that way.

It's got so that if it starts raining in the cherry blossom season the girls get excited and come running

'It's raining!!  We can go to Matsumoto Castle tonight, right?!!'

Yup, that's right.

It really is beautiful:

It was so cold the rain turned to sleet but that just meant that the lights all got misty and there was a kind of eerie glow.  Just added to the atmosphere.

Trying to get a nice picture of the girls and the cherry blossom turned out to be more difficult than I hoped.....
'There's a light in Amy's face.  Let me try that again.'

Meg, just stand normally...

AMYYYY!


Yeah, that's much better Amy....

So I gave up and took another picture of the beautiful castle uninterrupted by monkeys:




1 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

I love all the silly and cute poses the girls make in your pictures. To me their personality shines right through. You can tell how fun Meg and Amy are. : ) Trying to get a picture of Branden and Noah, can also be trying at times. So, I can relate for sure.

And enjoying the cherry blossoms with less crowds, sounds more my speed too! : ) I don’t mind the sleet and rain either. : )