We went to the small town of Emukae today for Furyuu (浮立). The way it was explained to me was it's a celebration and you eat rice. At least that's the part I understood. Anyone want to hire me as a translator? Yeah, I wouldn't either. Like the costumes? When I asked about them, the person I asked just started laughing.
The Sakura trees are starting to bloom and we trying to catch them in between rain drops.
This time of year many people pack bento lunches and eat them beneath the trees. Ueno in Tokyo is a sight to see, but there isn't a bad seat in the house when you park yourself under one of Japan's beautiful Sakura trees.
I stopped by a farmer's market I frequent today. I pointed to those and asked if they were lemons. The woman said no and said what they were. She didn't say they were Yuzu. I went home and typed in what she did call them... I even had her write it down for me in Hirigana. Umm, what came up with my internet search had nothing to do with fruit!
These are yummy, whatever they are called. They taste like lemonade.
Edit: A big thank you to Japanese Snack Reviews for helping me find the name of this fruit! It's a Haruka. This is what the woman at the farmer's market wrote down, but it didn't come up when I googled it.
The fine folks over at Nestle here in Japan keep rolling out the banana flavored Kit Kats. I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I seem to remember Banana Kit Kats always available when we lived in Okinawa. Anyhooo... they're back and at a combini (convenience store) near you.