Spring in Japan: Three Days Cold, Four Days Warm - The Start of Allergy Hell and Hanami! Woo Hoo!
Today is Tuesday, March 13, 2012. It is very warm and sunny today, but there is a chilly wind blowing. This is raising hell on people who have allergies. But it is also the notice that Hanami is almost here! Woo! Hoo! Mad drinking outdoors with your friends and all sorts of hijinks!
This isn't exactly the type of hijinks I was thinking about! Guys! Guys!
No! You're doing it wrong! There's supposed to be girls in there too!
The Japanese have a traditional old saying that starts somewhere about this time of year. They say, "三寒四温" (sankan shion) which translates into "three days cold, four days warm." It is the beginning of spring in Japan.
My wife would start sniffling just by looking at this photo!
Before "three days cold, four days warm," though, it is usually something like four days colder than heck in Tokyo then, all of a sudden, one day warm like spring. It's weird! Yesterday was like that for half a day. In the morning it was very warm and seemed like April weather. Then, suddenly about noon, it become cloudy and very cold again. Back to winter.
This weather marks the beginning of an annual ritual at the Rogers house: My wife bitching constantly about her allergies! Oh my god! Do something about this!
I gotta tell you I love my wife but this goes on every year and it drives me crazy! Oh you so stoooopid woooo-maaan! You are a Japanese! This is Japan! You are supposed to enjoy the blossoming of the plum and cherry trees! You are supposed to be running around half naked in a kimono all the time wanting to drink sake under the cherry trees and have constant sex! (Of course after cooking, cleaning, taking the kids to school, giving me a bath and then a full body massage with your feet!) I want you in that kimono serving me sake under a cherry tree RIGHT NOW!!!!
My image of what married life was going to be like before marriage...
But no. It is not to be. My wife refuses to go outside this time of year. In fact, I am going to have to put up with her complaining and sniffling like this for the next two months! Two months! Can you believe it!
Oh, but I do feel sorry for her as I have no allergies at all. How about you, dear reader? Do you have any allergies?
My wife gets so bad for about 10 days to 2 weeks somewhere around April that she basically stays in bed for the entire time... That was great when she was my girlfriend! I mean, what guy doesn't want his girlfriend in bed all the time?
The perfect girlfriend would be in bed (or in the kitchen) all the time anyway...
Women today won't admit it but they were happiest when all they did was
pump out babies and cook shit for us guys to eat.
But after 15 years of marriage? Oh, well... I guess before marriage I should have checked under the hood better before I bought the car.
That's the annual ritual we go through at the Rogers house every year, this time of year. But that's the down side. The up side is that, since she refuses to go under the cherry blossoms, that means I can go by myself and get roaringly drunk and make a total ass of myself at Hanami with having her nagging me all time about my drinking too much! Woo hoo! Hanami here I come!
I love Japanese ritual traditions and celebrations and parties and festivals!
In one of Japan's most upstanding and respectable festivals, the
penis festival begins pretty soon too! You just gotta love Japan!
(Wait a minute! Is that lady second from front - the blond one -
actually a guy with a wig on? I do not want her carrying my penis!)
And speaking of annual rituals, in a few weeks, on April 1, 2012, I will host a massive Hanami party in Tamagawa. It is free for everyone. If you are around, please come along. The party starts at 5:30 am and runs all day into the night. DO NOT DRIVE THERE IF YOU ARE GOING TO DRINK! (If you aren't going to drink, why go?)
The place is just from Tamagawa station on the Toyoko Line or Futakotamagawa station on the Denentoshi line. Please take a bus about an 8 minute bus ride! There will be a few hundred of my friends there. It's completely free. Please bring your own booze and some snacks... I will bring some free food too but it is usually all gone with the early birds who get there before 7 am and start the festivities REALLY early!
Here is a map:
Hey! I want to have a 【花見たかったけど寒いので４月にしようよ！」Party. 多摩川尾山台近辺４月１日（日）もちろん、ただ！Free! Family fun party! （これはInterFMの番組や局とはかんけいありません）！皆どうですか？このメッセージを読んだら、知り合いに連絡してください！僕はみんなの連絡先が分からないので。。みんなPartyしよう！
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