1. ritual union: we got our official wedding pictures from Parker Young Photography and YOU GUYS. i mean the obviously speak for themselves. here are a few of my favs... (and a great song to go along with them...)
2. it was Cherry Blossom season here in japan! the sakura were out in full force for about 10 days around the country, and we got to see it from Osaka to Nagoya to Tokyo to Sendai. on this tour de sakura, which we took with Jao's parents who were visiting us for a week, i started reading Memoirs of a Geisha again, and now that i've lived in Japan for 18 months...the book has opened up so much to me! it's no longer scenes i made up in my mind, now it's real and i can see it all happening, i understand SO much more, things that seemed odd now make sense, i know exactly what Sayuri is talking about when she describes kimono parts or the sake cups or the tatami rooms...but i digress....!
While in Nayoga, we went to the castle and out to a nice lunch, followed by a walk through a beautiful Japanese garden...and i did all of this in my informal summer kimono, my yukata! it was honestly a dream come true, wandering around the castle and the gardens, surrounded by cherry blossoms, in my zori, tabi, yukata, and obi...my fan in my hands and my little flowers in my hair. i felt like Sayuri, enjoying the sakura, but in my sunglasses...!
3. Yamazaki Whisky is so next level i can't really deal with it. we went to the distillery which is just outside Osaka, and oh. my. god. not only was the tour awesome, there was a tasting of Yamazaki whiskies (regular, 10 year, 12 year, and 12 year special barrel) and some major whisky sniffer purchasing! we love whisky and while everyone apparently says that Japanese whisky is the "next big thing," i mean...whatever, i don't know what that means but i do know that Yamazaki Whisky is INCREDIBLE. the flavors are more complex than say...Woodford or Maker's Mark, but in a beautiful way.
you'd think that the same whisky aged in different barrels wouldn't necessarily be THAT different, but seriously it was like drinking 4 totally different liquors, all with a distinct warm, smokey finish.
4. the month of April is an astrological shitshow (according to Susan Miller, anyways). i mean it's like retrograde this, eclipse this, watch out for this, enemies will come out of the woodwork, etc. like damn girl, she makes it sound like Judas is coming straight for us all! turns out, this is true and once again, life imitates art imitates horoscopes (that's right, right?). however, something that Jao and i learned in this banana-ness is that taking the high road, even though it's slower (and it's obviously less satisfying to drive safe and slow), really is the best way to do it - AND it's important to keep each other in check. one of my favorite sayings in life is...i always try to take the high road, but i usually get off at the first exit. however, having someone to keep me on the straight and narrow so i don't get my claws out early, it's a good thing.
moral of the story : taking your claws out on the high road isn't allowed so it's best to have a partner to file them down for you.
but anyways - that's my Monday thoughts. kimono, sakura, horoscopes, whisky, wedding pictures.