The weather on Monday didn’t really know what it wanted to do. Sunday had been 75 and rainy and felt like the tropics due to the warmth and slight humidity—but Monday was trying to be rainy, gloomy, and windy with—according to the weather app—a threat of snow later in the day. But by lunch, the day really was acting like that of a schizophrenic boyfriend that couldn’t fully commit to any of its promises.
Despite the threatening inclement weather I met up with a new blogging friend, Jonelle, and we headed to the Yushima Shrine in search of plum blossoms.
This is one of her favorite shrines and I can see why. While it’s rather on the small size, it features a lot of plum trees. The blossoms are trying to pop. The rainy, windy weather haven't helped matters, but the recent warmth certainly has been coaching a few buds to open, showing their friendly little faces.
After throwing a coin into the box at the shrine and wishing for good luck, then taking a few photos, we walked on to the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens. I’d visited this garden in the fall to see the colors, and I was hoping to see another beautiful season on display.
It’s a beautiful garden, with its orange bridge and other little hidden surprises scattered throughout. The bashful blossoms were just starting to pop here, too, but only in certain pockets of the garden.
After wandering through the park for a bit, we left and headed back to the train station area to a teahouse there. Sharing English-style tea and scones and a few laughs with Jonelle was a nice treat and a great way to end our day.
And tea and scones made me feel like such a lady. Or at least a lady who is patiently waiting for those plum blossoms to fully pop out and wow her.