青・あお・ao = blue

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I’ve forgotten the name of this little flower that continues to come up in my garden every spring. It’s so small I have to look for it, not to mention that the area is crowded with weeds. It’s amazing that in spite of the severe drought this year it came back. I’m not sure what will return from last summer at this point. I recall one year the purple cone flowers were unusually stunted due to lack of rain.

Today was a respite from the usual prep for school. I did a short bow this morning to those responsibilities. I could easily have spent the entire day devoted to it. However, the weather was fine and I took a walk around the lake.

Last night I caught up with Atsuhime the current taiga or historical drama on NHK which seems to be well received. My interest in it is that the first 12 episodes take place in Kagoshima, my “hometown.” One of the legendary figures, Saigo Takamori also has a part in it (and the part is played by Seiji Ozawa’s son). My father used to tell stories about him when I was young and we passed his statue quite often in jaunts around town, but particularly when we went to Shiroyama. I just viewed the 12th episode and I’m curious to see if the figures in Kagoshima continue to have a role in this saga. Saigo has always interested me because of my father’s stories. Atsuhime is a new figure to me, the daughter of the Satsuma daimyo who winds up married to the 3rd to last Tokugawa. The book this story is based on is fiction, still I’m intrigued because of the setting. Not only that, but in nearly every background shot is Sakurajima.

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