Well, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms are long gone, and now I’m stuck looking at cherry blossom pictures from my friends in northern prefectures who have entered their cherry blossom season (the weather conditions really affect when they bloom). These plum blossom pictures were taken near the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni this spring.
Teachers and students have begun the new school year (which starts in April in Japan), and we just had our all-school physical fitness test at the middle school today. I hung out in the gym and pressed the 20-second buzzer for about and hour and a half while students shuffled back and forth as many times as they could, as fast as they could, from one line to the other. (So…just in case you thought I just hang out here and take pictures of flowers all day, haha.) I did get to take the test with them at the end, and I didn’t do badly, considering I had to do it in my socks. (There are outdoor shoes, then there are indoor shoes that students wear inside the school building, and then there’s also another pair of shoes that students use inside the gym. I only have outdoor and indoor ones, so I took the test in my socks.) 1 line = 1 time, and I shuffled over three lines 44 times in my socks in 20 seconds. For the record.
There’s probably a better name to call that exercise than “shuffling,” but it will have to do.
I hope you are all having a nice spring!