Friday, April 23, 2010

Whew! Well, That Was Long!

Yes, it was bound to happen sometime, folks: a month-long hiatus without any updates from the Thiessen Twosome. Blame it on Facebook. Or trying to make it through that last little (looooong) hump of winter (yes, we did have snow here in April. Meh.). Either way, we're (hopefully) back as the sunshine is peeking through the clouds and mountains, and spring is slowly making its presence known up here in Hokkaido.

And what is spring in Japan without sakura--or cherry blossoms? Although the sakura wave has come and gone down in Osaka and Tokyo, Hokkaido is still eagerly awaiting it's turn to be covered in the pink and white blooms, which usually open up here around the first week in May. In the meantime, however, it's nice to know that while we wait, Japanese marketers go crazy with promoting as many sakura-flavored products as possible, from Sakura Matcha Kit Kats (see previous post), to sakura chips, candy, chocolate, mochi, sushi rolls, and the ubiquitous Starbucks drink:

Yes, all sakura aside, spring is going to rock here: new schoolyear and students, new job for Jacob (was promoted within and is now is one of the main cooks instead of bartender!), new photography and traveling inspiration, and, oh yeah, my mom will be coming for a visit this week! Go, Linda! Will be back shortly with all the photo-Japan-goodness for you, folks!

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