Partly because April was my birthday month.
And partly because that, where I am from, spring is significant - is more than arrival of warmer weather & spring showers. It is the start of a new cycle of life, both in nature and society. Japanese schools' and companies' old year ends in March and a new year starts in April with new students & freshly employed graduates, anxious and hopeful, under cherry blossoms.
Or I'm just fortunate to have good friends and family - anyway, is nice to greet the beautiful season with a few new things at home.
|Japanese "tenugui" cotton towel with horsetail print.|
My sister always gift me with new patterns she finds.
|My grandma would sometimes cook horsetail shoots and |
serve in the mixture of soy sauce and fish broth.
It's a little bitter and is definitely taste of Japanese spring.
|Tomato-colored food container by Thermos.|
|Now my stew is hot at my lunch at work|
- without the help of the microwave.
|My sister's homemade strawberry juice concentrate.|
Here is with sparkling water: strawberry soda.
|And because we started composting at a local library,|
my friend Amy sent this for my birthday.
A compost bin that you can freeze!
And of course, Amy filled the bin with her most delicious mint brownies!