Corona-virus has been spreading in almost all the world, which seems for
us a kind of crisis for human civilization. We send uneasy daily life.
However, in this situation, it is important to keep our presence of mind.
We think looking at nature, feeling the change of the season is very important
We visited Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden with Mr & Mrs Oyama, both are Tak's old students, to find the sign of earlly spring, on 21st of March.
The garden locates at the top of Mt.Rokko.We were happy to see the colony of early spring flowers such as adonis, buttercup (Coptis quinquefolia). A doll of Adonis was very cute.
Forest in Early Spring
◎A friend of mine wrote to me in his e-mail, “it(Corona virus) sure shows that our veneer of civilization is very thin.....” How true it is! I cannot help but taking this pandemic as an opportunity to contemplate the fate of human beings. It is a topic that is normally too vast for most of us and even sounds pompous, but the Corona virus madness seems to have made it a lot more realistic than a few weeks ago. After all, there was a time when there were no human beings: there will be a time when there are no human beings.
If everything had gone to plan, today would be the first day of our holiday in Japan, to enjoy the nature, to meet up with friends and to enjoy tea on a terrace high up in the mountains in Shizuoka.
May we who are merely inconvenienced
May we who have no risk factors
May we who have the luxury of working from home,
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home,
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our
armsaround each other,
-------Claus & Michiko Jehne (Armidale, NSW, Australia)------
◎So pleased to hear you and Rumi are fine.
Kate and I and all in our family are also fine. It is a very strange time, and so sad for those in areas where the spread of the virus is so bad.
Here in New Zealand, our government took the decision for the whole country to go into lock-down from midnight on Wednesday 25 March. What that means is that all New Zealanders (except in essential services) must remain in the place we were when lock-down happened, for the next fiur weeks.
Kate and I are in isolation now in our home. We can take a walk locally, and one of us can go to the supermarket when we need supplies.
Very strange, but we are just fine.
Thanks for your kind message, tomodachi.
----Tom and Kate Gregg, Christchurch, New Zealand ---
◎We are both well so far. New Zealand is in “Lock-down” for 4 weeks to control the spread of Convid 19.
I continue to enjoy my morning walks (on my own) which are allowed in the Lock-down rules because I believe it is very important to keep exercising in the usual way.
However the streets are almost deserted and seem quite strange.
We hope the restrictions do not last too long and that we soon get rid of the nasty virus.
Please keep healthy and safe.
--Robin Mann, Christchurch,New Zealand---
◎Thank you for your letter .New Year Greetings to you both. I have just received a letter from Niaomi and she tells me she and her friends were meeting with you on Christmas Day for a party .Wasthat your birthday? today is fine but very windy.I have been watering the garden especially the vegetables. I have lettuce and tomatoes and spring onions doing well but the beans veryslow.I am fine.
--------Jocelyn Fifield, Christchurch, New Zealand--------
Tak remembered sets of dolls with a miniature of ancient palace were displayed in March in his boyhood. He heard his mother brought them as the bottom drawer in 1916.
Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival is the Girl’s Festival celebrated on March 3. It is
also a seasonal festival called momo-no-sekku featuring peach blossoms. A group of beautifully dressed dolls are displayed
on tiers of shelves in the home of the family that has a young girl. The
dolls represent members of the ancient imperial court. The Emperor and
the Empress are displayed on the top shelf, and their two eminent lords,
three ladies , five musicians, and three servants are arrayed below them.
Even small representations of furniture and foods are displayed on the
lower shelves. . They are often passed from generation to generation. Sweet
rice wine called shirozake is prepared as well as special dishes on this