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07 April 2009 @ 09:07 pm
Anata no kokoro wa sakura-iro (あなたの心は桜色)  
Wisdom requires knowing how little we know.
—Marvin Bell, poet

Yesterday, with the weather getting much better, I walked around Kichijoji park for a while. It was the first day off that I've had in a loooooooooong time, and of course I just had to get out and enjoy the weather! It's really, really hard when you're preoccupied with something, but I don't want to waste the time that I have here on Earth. I might only have another 80-some years, and really, that isn't a very long time. So, whether I'm in a good mood or not, I can't waste it!

I guess that for me, I don't consider relaxing and seeing nature a waste of time. Actually, I think that it's necessary to be happy in life. A person disconnected from nature is going to miss out on something precious. I don't know if it's really the same feeling for everyone, but..

Ah, if only I could share this with the person that I started to like.. If only he were here and not so busy. I imagine that it would be fun, and calming at the same time..

It was so blue outside, and the sakura so pink...

And of course, the lake with it's famous swan boats.. I should really try one one of these days. Especially on a day that's almost warm like this one. It was in the mid-high 60s. It's technically spring, but it's just starting to feel like it!! YAY!

I'm so excited for Spring.. It's high time that it starts to get warm out!! According to the weather forecast, it will get cooler next week (50s, UGH I THOUGHT WE WERE DONE WITH THAT) but hopefully it will get warmer after that? I'd like 80s minimum at least, for a nice spring. I know that global warming is bad for the environment, but honestly I am all for a warmer climate. Sorry.. -_-;;;

Speaking of which.. has anyone seen the new anime, Shangri-la??

+ If you're outside of Japan, you can watch it here right about the same time as it's aired in Japan. Officially! With english subtitles!! What an awesome trend!! I wish that it worked in Japan, though.. -_-;;

Anyways, honestly, I was completely intrigued earlier today when I decided to check out what animes were airing this Spring. I haven't watched any anime other than Skip Beat (which is awesome, btw) in a loooooong time. Since I really love anime, it's a little bit sad, actually. But I just don't have the time. But anyways, when I started reading about this, I made sure to make the time to catch it!

Mainly because I'm completely fascinated with the environment. It really reminds me of Denkiki... Sort of.. okay, it's quite different, but there are elements that are similar in the environment. I really love the approach that they took with turning Tokyo into a jungle. It's brilliant!! But honestly, the first episode was a little bit disappointing with the directions that they took it. I'm not all that interested in the plot that they developed-- more in the world that they created. I would love a slice of life-type series happening in that universe instead!! For me, the interest would be in seeing how the people in that time live in that environment. How it's different from now.

It really seems as if that kind of series wouldn't be popular (in that it hasn't really been made before), but I feel like it's really interesting!! I suppose that we will see, because in a way that's what Denkiki is going to be like. Its not about military organizations or fighting or politics. It's about life. About a life that is different than ours, and what makes it special. Does that make sense? I wonder if it will be interesting to anyone else. ^_^; ;

So much work to to today, so I guess I'd better get to work before it gets too late.. ciao!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on April 7th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
It's funny; the sakura over by where I work is almost snow-white. I totally loitered taking pictures at lunch and left work early, lol.

I think an intriguing setting can make a huge impact and add interest to run-of-the-mill characters and plots... not that you couldn't/shouldn't have something more interesting on top of a unique locale. I was vaguely interested in watching Shangri-La but I think it's only because every time I read the name I think of that awesome song by angela that I can't sing.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 7th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
It really depends a lot on the light that you see them in, I think. If you have the sun behind them, then the sakura look really white but if you shade it, it brings out the pink. Maybe they're iridescent.. Of course, they might just be different varieties, though...

You should watch Shangri-la and tell me what you think! I like the main character and the setting, but that's all. But the side-characters are all transvestites, so I think you'd like that at least. ^^
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ore-samathesundaywriter on April 7th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen Shangri-la (though it makes me think of Singapore =P), but Skip Beat! is awesome. It's one of the more accurate manga to anime adaptations I've seen~ I want a Ren x Kyoko ending *_* I really hope there's a second season!
Anna Darlingizumi_masaki on April 7th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Jealous~ This country is so beautiful!
Panda Warrior Versus The World: TOKYOwarrior_panda on April 8th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
was fixin' to say the same..
  ⌒☆Redredstars on April 7th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I always love your photos. The closeups are especially beautiful.

I'm really jealous of your weather... I hope it stays nice for you. We had two weeks of really nice weather, and now it's snowing again. D:
neooldetokyoneooldetokyo on April 7th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
The close ups of the blossom are scrumptious. The swan boats made me laugh though - it really reminds me of a theme park here in England called Alton Towers. They have the same swan boats but the setting is nowhere near as pretty.

I'm glad you enjoyed your day off, you sound super busy at the moment.

Now, please tell more about your new crush ... ;-)
Lizzie: hachi pup earsvanishdtwilight on April 7th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I was at that same park on Sunday. I didn't walk as far into it as you did.

It's really pretty there. ^-^
Linstarrbeam on April 7th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
beautiful pictures!
Aimeeaimeekitty on April 7th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing the photos! the sakura are lovely, but what I really love is the formation of those branches!

I'm enjoying Skip Beat manga, but haven't had a chance to check out the anime. ^_^
Melaniedv8nekomimi on April 7th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures! I am so jealous, although I did get to go see the sakura in Washington, DC on Saturday.

Kaho =^.^=
Magbabysyusuke on April 7th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love Sakuras!!!

Thanks for sharing these beauties... I'm definitely going to Japan next year *I hope* for the Sakuras.
yungumii on April 7th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
i love the pictures you took of the sakura and the blue sky. very beautiful, especially the closeups~!

i hope it gets warmer here by next month so that the sakuras will be blooming. =D

take pictures of when you get to sit on those swan boats XD that'll be nice to see hehe.
♥ Kao-chan ♥mukimpokun on April 7th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
oh god!! the pics are totally awesome!!!! *_*
It's really beautiful the place and the view. ^^;
I'd love to visit some place like that and wow, the sakuras are so pretty!~~ ^_^
Invader Xaninvaderxan on April 7th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I don't want to waste the time that I have here on Earth. I might only have another 80-some years, and really, that isn't a very long time. So, whether I'm in a good mood or not, I can't waste it!

I like your attitude. :)
Vickytoldtojoinlj on April 7th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos, as always.
Ugh, I know the feeling about wanting warmth in Spring. This past Sunday and the Sunday before it snowed. Although, the Sunday before, we went to a botanical garden, and it made everything look gorgeous~ * 3* But yeah, warm temperatures plzkthx~
Tomnosignalinput on April 7th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Cherry Blossom's are beautiful. We used to have a tree with them on in our front garden, but it had to be cut back because it was getting way too big. Personally I would have kept it; because, as you can see yourself, they're amazing when they bloom.

Edited at 2009-04-07 09:11 pm (UTC)