January 2001 - March 2001
5)Saturday March 31, 2001Spring Snow (Snow occasinally sleet)
Cherry blossom in Hakusan Park of Higashi-kurume
- Tomorrow will be April 1. However, I was surprised when I waked up this morning since it was snowing!
- The weatherman said the maximum temperature would be 6 degrees Centigrade. It's mid-winter!
- The snow continued all day sometimes changing into rain or sleet.
- I had a plan to go cherry-blossom viewing while jogging since the cherry blossom was in full bloom.
However, I was forced to change the plan.
- Instead, in the afternoon, I started to walk with umbrella.
- First, I went to Hakusan Park, located 1.5 km away from my home. The cherry blossom was almost in full bloom! It's wonderful.
If it was fine and warm, I might drink One-cup Japanese Sake under the cherry blossom!
- A lot of flower-viewing people should have been there, however, owing to bad weather and coldness, no one was there.
- Then, I walked alongside Kurome River viewing a row of cherry trees.
Total walking distance was approx. 7 km. It was so cold today.
- When I arrived in my home, the snow was coming down in large flakes! I wonder if it will be April tomorrow.
A row of cherry trees alongside Kurome River (Hazy with snow)
4)Saturday March 10, 2001 A sign of spring & Pollen allergy (Fine)
Buds of willow
- Before I know, it is almost middle March! Spring is coming, but the wind of today is chilly.
- Tomorrow is the day of Tachikawa marathon race and thus I jogged only 10 km today alongside
Ochiai & Kurome Rivers.
- While I was running slowly, I found several signs of spring.
- To say nothing of Ume-flowers, I could see horsetail, bud of willow, flower of butterbur,
dandelion, rape blossoms and other flowers which I do not know the names. I was very pleased to
find those flowers. The buds of magnolia are getting bigger! It's almost spring!
- However, as I wrote before, the spring is also the nasty "Pollen allergy" season!
I started to have symptoms last week.
- I am wondering how the joggers who suffer from Pollen allegy manage to get through the season.
- I once heard that the "Ten-cha tea" is good for Pollen allegy. Thus during the season, I drink 3 - 4 mugs of
Ten-cha tea every day! It seems to be efficacious for me. If you do not,
please try it!
3)Sunday February 25, 2001 Koganei Park (Fine)
Red Ume flower
- It was almost the end of February and spring should have been coming, but it was cold weekend.
- I jogged to Koganei Park after a long interval, which is located at a distance of approx. 6 km from my house.
- The Koganei Park is famous for cherry blossoms and thus a lot of people come to see the cherry blossoms in spring. There is also small Ume (plum) trees garden.
White Ume flowers
- Regardless of continual coldness, Ume flowers were in half bloom. Many flower-viewing people were gathering. The spring was surely coming!
- I also look forward to cherry blossoms season!!
2)Sunday February 11, 2001 Shakujii Park (Fine)
Ume (Plum blossom)
- It has been colder than normal year.
- Finally, I could jog to Shakujii Park. I left home at 9:00 AM and arrived there at 10:00 AM.
- It was so cold. However, in the park, I could see red plum blossom which well contrasted with blue sky.
- Walkway alongside the Sanpoji Pond was under construction and thus I could not
walk around. However, I could see a lot of wild ducks on the pond. However, the number of ducks was not so many as I expected.
- I could see pintails first, then teals and other kinds of ducks which I could not find at Higashi-kurume area.
Family jogging race
- Alongside the Shakujii Pond, a family jogging race was held and a lot of families gathered.
- The round trip from my house to Shakujii Park is approx. 20 km.
1)Thursday January 4, 2001 Ochiai River & Migratory Birds (Fine)
- It was fine and very cold this morning.
- I started to jog from 9:30 AM alongside Kurome & Ochiai Rivers. The distance was approx. 10 km.
- During the winter, you can see a lot of migratory birds on both rivers.
- You can find pintails first, then teals.
- You can watch more kinds of migaratory birds on the ponds of Shakuji Park.
I have a plan to visit there to watch them shortly.