I’d never noticed the birds taking pollen from the cherry blossom before. It was only when lying on the futon with the balcony doors open one morning last week that I saw them at it, hopping around from branch to branch, the tips of their beaks coated in golden dust.

I don’t know what kind of birds they are, as I don’t remember seeing or hearing them in the UK. They’re pretty noisy actually, only capable of an ugly screech. Still, I can forgive them this as their ugly screech is still a lot more pleasant for this country bumpkin than most of the noises around us.

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It’s been a hectic week, as outside of my work I’ve had meetings at luchtimes and in the evenings too. Next week is set to get even busier, as things really start to take off with TEDxTokyo (15th May). This is a *good* busy-ness. I’m particularly looking forward to a mid-week meeting with Ustream Japan, part of the Softbank group 🙂

I’m very happy that Spring is finally here. Today we’re seeing a lot of the cherry blossom petals finally being blown from the branches – every year I’m surprised by just how brief their stay is.



The park has been a hub of activity lately, with the ponies coming out to give people rides, the boats being untethered, and the guinea pigs posing for photos.


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Anyway, our train is now arriving at our destination, so I’d best pack up and get off.

Tarra for now!

8 Responses

  1. There’s a lone sakura tree that’s already bloomed here in Weston Park, but the line of trees in Crookes Valley Park are yet to flourish. It’s always an amazing sight when they all do.

    Also, I found out yesterday that I’m on JET’s final shortlist for CIRs now and I’ll be flying out in August. Still don’t know where I’ll be placed, that’ll be decided next month, but I’m chuffed to bits.

    1. Thanks for the update… love the Crookes Valley Park Sakura!

      Big congrats on making it onto JET, that’s great! I might see you at the orientation fair in Tokyo, attending with White Rabbit Press 🙂

  2. The pictures of the birds are really lovely! Especially the third one down .. that is beautiful!

  3. Excellent photos of the birds. They are called Brown-eared Bulbul, (Microscelis amaurotis ) or just : Bulbuls and no, we don’t have them back in the UK!