Spring News from Nago, Okinawa@
@@@@@@@@February12th,2015@@@

The Hikan Cherry trees open display their pink flowers in Nago in January.
@@@@@These cherry blossoms are cute - like elegant plum blossoms, - and the flowers themselves drup to the ground when they fall. They do not spread a shower of petals.

@The "cherry blossom festival" is held at the end of January every year.

@Nago Castle is near our Star of the Sea Kindergarten. 110 children from the age of 3 to 5 in the Kindergarten went on a "cherry blossom viewing" picnic, walking hand in hand to the castle with their partners.



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@They saw many beautiful cherry blossoms that seemed to be talking to each one of the children greeting saying "welcome welcome".





@@At the top of the hill they came the "Umaku plaza". The word Umaku means "naughty" in the Okinawa language. Here everyone played cheerfully.





@The Hikan Cherry trees at our Kindergarten were only 70 percent in full bloom. Birds with white heads and eyes come eagerly, looking as if they cannot wait for the flowers to open. They suck the nectar of the flowers with relish.

@The Fevruary 3rd, we celebrated Setsubun, a festival to see the "demons" and some started to cry,









@thinking they were really demons! But the demons was actually their teachers all dressed up.

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@Together they threw beans at the demon, symbolic of chasing them away as they hit their targets and cried out in very loud voices, causing demons to scatter and escape!

@After throwing the beans, they ate a number of beans equal to their age with the prayer that "all may avoid the evils of sickness and serious injury." They tasted very special - these joyful beans of Setsubun.

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Our Hikan Cherry Trees in Nago, Okinawa.










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