Sunday, May 3, 2009

Golden Week

Cold, dark, and rainy marks this year's Golden Week in Washington. We are experiencing our own kan no modori [return of the coldness]. Yet the blooming azaleas and dogwoods remind us that spring happily is still with us.

Most welcome is that there will be no visiting Japanese Dietmembers in DC this week. Yes, the METI and Defense ministers have come. And there are likely some emissaries in town that I don't know about--remember I am unimportant. 

Diet delegation trips have been canceled and individuals are staying in Tokyo. What a relief.

It has been a record breaking tree pollen season in the Nation's Capital. All those allergy sniffles would certainly have given the visiting Japanese some concern. And we most certainly do not wear masks.

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