Cherry petals floating in the breeze
Cherry blossoms floated in the air last weekend as we enjoyed hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating flower blossoms. Friends gathered at the Japanese American Historical Plaza to admire the lovely avenue of cherry trees in full bloom. A very special thank you to MK for coordinating the event!
Senpai (senior students) and Sensei (in the center), dressed in beautiful kimono
We enjoyed a picnic, tea sweets and bowls of matcha as the petals continued to shower down. The day was heavenly - sunny and mid 70s, quite a special thing for March in Portland! (Now we're back to the rain, but we need it.)
Below, a tea sweet made by Margie-sensei. She named it hana yuki, flower snow. The sweet was made with sweetened bean paste and a pickled cherry blossom on top.When cherry blossoms
We had the opportunity to share bowls of tea with others who came out to admire the flowers.
A great day!