Monday, June 27, 2011


A very famous tradition in Japan is "hanami" ... gathering under the blossoming cherry trees (sakura) to admire the beauty and purity of these white flowers. They also also create the sensation of snow fall at every slight gust of wind.
"In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented the Japanese Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto helping to re-locate Japanese-Canadians." ... "They're also a sign of rebirth and strength." (CBC News 05/10/2010)
We truly enjoyed this beautiful outing to the trees. You can find some additional pictures here.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Easter 2011

Easter Sunday was a day full of activities. First of all we got up early, literally with the birds, to attend the Easter sunrise mass at Humber Bay Park. Just as last year this was a moment of of intense and living spirit. And even the sun graced this morning with it's rise, just to disappear behind the clouds moments after. Gladly, there is always a very filling breakfast served at the church as well.

After the sunrise mass, we told Johann the Easter bunny had hidden some surprises in the garden... and the search concept was quickly understood. Easter bunny even knew that Johann loves " ta ging don" (or Chuggington in English spelling)....

Please find some more photos by clicking on the link....