"Kibun tenkan" literally means change of feeling. Most people use this phrase to mean a change of pace. We really needed it over the past couple of days.
The horrifying scenes on the television were and still are unbelievable. We can't believe it is in Japan that everything we are seeing has happened.
We feel helpless not being able to do anything. Watching everything starts to get us down so we need to get out, away from the television, kibun tenkan.
We packed a bento and headed to Suigetsu Park.
Many families were sitting under the trees enjoying the apricot and peach blossoms.
It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm.
Lunch was tamagoyaki (rolled omlette) with shiofuki konbu (seasoned kelp), kinpira, yatsumi-zuke, umeboshi (pickled apricot).
Some temari-style musubi (plain, yukari (ground salted perilla leaves), curry)
For dessert, chocolatiest crinkles and some green tea.
The news on the earthquake has been going non-stop. Hopefully I will get word from my friend soon, most of the phone lines in the area are down I am told.
I hope your week will be a good one, keep the affected areas in your thoughts, I will too.