The duck and I have written about our love-hate relationship with spring about a hundred times. Now that we are asked to stay inside we feel our love grow stronger every day, probably because social distancing also includes distancing ourselves from some of the pollen that aggressively swarm around the neighborhood wondering where their former victims have gone… while the duck and I sit at our computer reminiscing about all the sakura we got to see in Tokyo two years ago, when the world was still a little bit less crazy and our main worry was having to interrupt our excursions from time to time to treat our stinging eyes with yet the coolest (literally!) eye drops we’ve ever used. Looking through our collection of photos from a happier spring makes the duck and me feel somewhat nostalgic and weirdly poetic. Today we have finally decided to give in to that poetic itch, took a photo from our pollen plagued hike up Mount Takao two years ago (here’s a link to that post and video) and let it inspire us to write yet another haiku within a cheesy inspirational quote format like we did last December.
Now let me share with you the duck and my newest piece of fauxetry:
With this one we tried to add an air of acceptance to those pesky allergies that come with the beauty of spring. I hope that comes across. If not, now you know our intentions, hahaha!
Do you have a favorite season? Please tell us about it (wow, this looks like an elementary school essay prompt. But I’m going with it).
In other news:
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The duck and I have been enjoying our (way too hot) summer and just could not escape this mean heat-induced laziness that kept us from updating our blog… until a few days ago, that is, when we finally decided to tackle all that extra-shaky footage we got during our climb up Mt. Takao back in early spring. Because it was the middle of the popular sakura season, that one short week that makes everyone pack their picnic sheets or don their hiking gear, the mountain was pretty crowded for a weekday and we even got to follow a TV crew around (can you find them in the video?) that, same as the duck and me, thought that climbing Tokyo’s resident mountain with a few trees that were blooming in pretty shades of white and pink along the way was even cooler and totally smart when you wish death upon all the evil pollen! Anyway, I’ll quit the rambling now and finally present to you this one video that the duck and I were not sure would ever come to see the light of day :
This time we decided to go back to our first two videos and spare you the weird rambling that graces the more recent ones. I hope you appreciate that, hahahahahah!
That shall be it for now.
Too. Much. Typing… Can’t. Move. My. Fingers!
As outdoor freaks living in Tokyo, naturally the duck and I had to explore Mt. Takao, Tokyo’s resident mountain located far out in the west of the metropolis, three times. During our last visit (at least for a while) we were smart enough to take the cable car up so that we could enjoy all the amazing sights on the second half of trail 1 leading up to the top of the mountain and all the ones that we missed on the way down. Because the duck and I are super lazy these days, this post is only going to be a selection of photos with impressions from our trip in May. Ta-dah:
Maybe, if we ever beat our laziness, you’ll even get to see a little video from our Mt. Takao climbing tour back in spring during our semi-(because of the allergies) beloved cherry blossom season. Who knows?
P.S. You know the duck and I are not actually outdoor freaks, right?
P.P.S. We are aware that May is technically not summer. But the change of seasons seems to be rather fluid in Japan and it very much felt like summer, so…