The Cherry Blossom is the Briefest Season in Japan


The sun shone again today so between housework, job and daughter I found a gap for painting. I’m an artist with clipped wings! 

So, I cycled down to the castle again, or rather the castle wall, looking for Cherry blossom and found the scene above right next to a bus stop! 

I received quite a few compliments from passersby; the most memorable was by an old Japanese man with a warm smile who said: “I also paint but you are much more excellent than me”.

If these compliments stroked my ego, my wife soon remedied that at dinner time. About fifteen minutes after she had told me it was April Fool’s day she said that the raisin bread I was happily chewing on was two days old. 

To be honest, I would have still eaten it even if it was two days old, but her remark did make me pause in mid-chew with a look of concern; and this really delighted my wife, her smile was almost glowing.

Why do wives like to make fools of their husbands, or is it just certain wives – what do you think? Did anybody make a fool of you today as well?

For now, over and out.

Gareth Naylor

I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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