Sunday, April 22, 2007
Just for Elliott
You can stop complaining now. By the time you get back from Golden Week* travels, they should be just about perfect! (I'll refrain from mentioning that the sakura are already merely a fond memory here.)
* For those not in the Japanese know, "Golden Week" is the period April 29 - May 5, when there are 4 national holidays in one week. April 29 is Showa Day (former birthday of Emperor Showa, who died in 1989), May 3 is Constitution Day (commemorating the new post-war constitution of 1947), May 4 is Greenery Day (dedicated to the environment - Emp. Showa was a big environment fan, apparently), and May 5 is Children's Day (one of two - this one is for boys - the one for girls is March 3). Many Japanese travel during this week, and prices to go anywhere skyrocket. Randal and I are headed to Kyushu, where we'll meet up for part of the week with Elliott, who is also headed there, and our mutual friend Erin-of-Nagasaki.