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March 8, 2011

While Tokyo seems to have gotten some snow recently, temperatures hit a high of 25˚C (77˚F) here this past weekend. We went on a hike nearby and around 2pm, when we were close to the end, the sunlight felt too strong for our comfort. Since then temperatures seemed to have returned to somewhat “normal” (under 20ºC), but this is certainly not the March I am used to.

But I must tell you friends, that in my humble opinion this is the best time to visit Israel, especially up North where I live. Multitude of lush, rich shades of green blanket the landscape. When the first patches began to appear, I was in a mild shock because for one I had gotten so used to the dry, sandy landscape, and two because some of the shades of green were awfully bright, almost close to fluorescent. Even brighter than your average golf course. (Except that the grass here is all natural – sometimes hard to believe, given how shockingly bright it is!)



Flowers are also blooming in abundance everywhere. Whether growing wildly or in carefully maintained home gardens, their bright colors splash all over the multiple shades of green. It really is an incredible sight and I am also often pleasantly surprised by their wonderful smells that float and linger in the air. (The yellow flowers seen above are also edible. They are mustard flowers, so they have a spicy zing to them.)


We joked with some friends when the unusual warm temperatures hit this past weekend that “the oven has just been turned on” or that it is in “preheating mode”. It was so true, it certainly reminded me of just how hot it gets around here. I’m going to try to enjoy every precious moment of this pleasant weather as long as it lasts!


Much love,

5 Comments leave one →
  1. ryuji kanie permalink
    March 8, 2011 7:49 pm


    • March 9, 2011 11:01 am

      小さな国でも天気の時差が若干あるみたいですね 笑

  2. Sumi permalink
    March 9, 2011 3:36 pm



    • March 9, 2011 9:08 pm

      そうだよね、特に自然が美しい北海道出身のすみれちゃんはなおさら自然が恋しくなるのでは?本当にイスラエルの緑のパワーはすごいすごい 笑 長〜い夏の間土の中でじっとしてなきゃいけないからかな。


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