Under the big chestnut tree

I live by a tree. It is a big tree with grey ridged bark. Green leaves are poking through outside my window and brightening my daytime view.

Unfortunately I have no idea what the tree is. This really annoys me. Let’s call it a cherry blossom.

On Monday morning, I opened the curtains to see a bird playing on its branches.It was the first time I had seen a bird there. It is the closest creature to come near me for quite a while.

Unfortunately I have no idea what kind of bird it was. This really annoys me. Let’s say it was a peregrine falcon.

Anyway, I feel lucky to have this time to look at trees and imagine all the fantasy creatures that live there. The parks and gardens are full of flowers and blossoming trees right now.

What is this tree?

A big chestnut tree?

A confused cherry blossom?

Answers on a disinfected postcard.

Hang on, where is this going? Am I in the wrong blog? How am I going to connect this to Japan?

Oh yes, the title of this post is ‘under the big chestnut tree’. It is the name of a beautiful Japanese children’s song 大きな栗の木の下で. After introducing the song in a class the other day, I caught myself cherrily singing its’ rhythmic lyrics 4 hours after the class. That’s potent proof of the power of music to lift spirits.

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuKsuxnWS5I Go on, give it a try.

Tora-san, the uncompromising company president.

Also on the tree theme, the blossoming trees were the focus of our first cross-time zone event. We held an online cherry blossom party, teaming up with Brighton Japan Club’s Hiroko-san in Tokyo with her group https://www.meetup.com/Tokyo-International-Meetup-Friends/.

Many contributors made cherry blossom backgrounds for their screen image, or sent a photo of a blossom near their house the event page photo collection. It was great to able to link up online with now non-Brighton residents.

Thank you to all those who came.

We can now build a strong online community. We have regular online language exchange, オン飲み(online drinks), French, Japanese and English classes.

We are at the end now. Well done for getting this far.

I hope I haven’t left the impression that I have completely lost the plot.

Take care and I hope you are well.

Tora-san and I are off for a walk now.

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