Spring News from Nago, Okinawa@
The Hikan Cherry trees open display their pink flowers in Nago in January.
@@@@@These cherry blossoms are cute - like elegant plum blossoms, - and the
flowers themselves drup to the ground when they fall. They do not spread
a shower of petals.
@The "cherry blossom festival" is held at the end of January
@Nago Castle is near our Star of the Sea Kindergarten. 110 children from
the age of 3 to 5 in the Kindergarten went on a "cherry blossom viewing"
picnic, walking hand in hand to the castle with their partners.
@They saw many beautiful cherry blossoms that seemed to be talking to each
one of the children greeting saying "welcome welcome".
@@At the top of the hill they came the "Umaku plaza". The word
Umaku means "naughty" in the Okinawa language. Here everyone
@The Hikan Cherry trees at our Kindergarten were only 70 percent in full
bloom. Birds with white heads and eyes come eagerly, looking as if they
cannot wait for the flowers to open. They suck the nectar of the flowers
@The Fevruary 3rd, we celebrated Setsubun, a festival to see the "demons" and
some started to cry,
@thinking they were really demons! But the demons was actually their teachers
all dressed up.
@Together they threw beans at the demon, symbolic of chasing them away
as they hit their targets and cried out in very loud voices, causing demons
to scatter and escape!
@After throwing the beans, they ate a number of beans equal to their age
with the prayer that "all may avoid the evils of sickness and serious
injury." They tasted very special - these joyful beans of Setsubun.
@@Our Hikan Cherry Trees in Nago, Okinawa.