Sunday, March 31, 2013

Brave Blossoms


Cherry blossom petals scattered on the ground. Somei-yoshino cherry blossoms started falling and then...


double-flowered cherry buds are ready to bloom.

Yesterday, we watched the Tokyo Sevens at home.

Kona was laying down in front of the TV.


Lupita fell asleep on me.

And today, Scott and I went to watch the rugby sevens at Chichibunomiya rugby stadium.

We saw a cherry blossom there too. The Japan national team is known as the Brave Blossoms.


I’m sorry to say that Japan was defeated in the Shield final. However, the USA won the Plate by beating Scotland, and that made Scott jump for joy. It was well worth going to watch the games in spite of the cold weather.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sakura Sakura Sakura


On weekends, when Scott takes Lupikona out...


Lupikona enjoy playing ball and...


Frisbee with Scott so much.


"I don’t feel like playing with Yumi because she can’t throw," said Lupita.


There were flowers everywhere as if we were walking in a dream. It was a really happy walk.


We took a family photo in front of a Sakura tree.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Have a Good Day


Lupikona walked Scott under the sakura to the station this morning.


We got to the station. It's time to give Lupikona a good-bye kiss.


Lupikona stared at Scott until he disappeared into the station.


"Bye, Scott." "See you tonight!"

After seeing him off, we continued our walk.

The sakura on the river bank were also very beautiful.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cold Spring Rain


The rain this morning made the blossoms fall off the trees.


There were many flowers on the ground.


I picked up one and put it on Kona’s head.


The birds rose up over the sakura.


Lupikona’s spirits revived when the rain stopped.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Relaxing Springtime Walk with Friends


Clop, clop, clop. There were six dogs walking together.


Today Lupikona walked with their doggie friends, Kai, Lon, Sarah and Peace in the park.


A giant cherry tree is in full bloom.


The maple tree has green young leaves and lots of tiny red buds. It’s so refreshing.


We walked on a nature trail in the woods and then...


had lunch in the café.


We enjoyed a glorious spring walk. It was an excellent way to unwind.


It was fun! Let’s walk together again sometime soon.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Park in the Morning

We were in a nearby park on Saturday morning.

Good morning! Are you still half asleep, Lupita?


It’s still early so there were not many people there. But the ground was covered with picnic sheets to save a spot for cherry blossom viewing parties.


This sign says playing flute, cow bell and drums are not allowed. Funny, eh?

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Flea Market


Lupikona went to the Kibogaoka Shotengai.

We were there to visit some friends of Lupikona that had set up a stall for an animal rescue group.


Here is their stall. They sell pet supplies. The profits will be used for animal rescue operations.


Kona looked a bit stressed because she is afraid of crowds.


It’s good that we saw Lupikona’s doggie friends there.


The dogs, Soufflé and Mille-feuille, helped out in the stall a lot and now they are tired.

Then...

Lupita filled in at the stall.


Hey, hey, Lupita. DO NOT scare customers off. That can never be permitted. Understand?


"Yup. I know."


"Hello, may I help you, ma'am?"


Lupita is not good at socializing with people. However, today she met many people and gained a lot of experience.


Lupita was behaving well without any sign of aggression the whole time. Thank you everyone for giving her an opportunity to learn something from this experience.


You’ve had a long day. Have a good rest, doggies.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sakurazaka (Cherry Blossom Hill)


This morning we walked to Sakurazaka (Cherry Blossom Hill).


This place became popular for a J-pop hit song.


The red bridge behind Lupikona is...


Sakurabashi (Cherry blossom bridge).


The view from the bridge of the cherry blossoms.


Walking under the cherry trees in full bloom made us...


fully appreciate the atmosphere of spring!

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