A Blooming Kind of Hope

Spring happens to be my favorite season of the year. There's something cheerful about new, emerging blossoms that brings me joy. Maybe the feeling I get can be defined as hope. This year, I noticed neighborhood trees bearing cherry blossoms early. They were showing off their floral finery a week or two ago. In synchronicity, I splurged on daffodils in anticipation of spring. But something strange happened recently. The petals curled in on themselves and hid their splendor. Honestly, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: A Walk in the Woods

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"A smile is the most effective medicine." Every spring I enjoy watching the blossoms burst forth. Their bright cheeriness gives me joy and hope. My favorite tree is the sakura. Cherry blossoms exude a sweetness and delicacy with their petals. In historical Japan, people would often relax and picnic under their branches. Festivals still abound world-wide as folks flock to see their glorious floral displays. What speaks spring to you? P.S. Fun fact: Sakura mochi is modeled after the cherry … [Read more...]

Cherry Blossoms

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." I've always loved cherry blossoms. Their luscious petals remind me of springtime and hope, helping me dream of goodness in the world. I know I'm fortunate to live close to places that hold annual cherry blossom festivals that celebrate the flowers and the beautiful culture of Japan. When I visited the local Japanese market the other week, I saw this night light and had to buy it! Fun fact: Along with the … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Frog Cake

Frog cake: frog-shaped pancakes Spring is here. Flowers burst into bloom, and life abounds. Did you know that some species of frogs start singing with the rise of warm temperatures? In honor of this season, I'm doing a quick post on frog cakes that we ate at Taipei Zoo. They are classic vanilla-flavored pancakes with a cream filling, a little bit like taiyaki. I think they taste even more delicious because of their cute animal shape. Happy spring!  … [Read more...]