Kiwi Particle Physicist

March 21, 2006

Spring/Autumn Equinox

Today is the vernal equinox, or first day of spring on the Japanese calendar, which makes it a national holiday. Actually, I think it's probably the halfway point of spring, but never mind.

The weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. It was still light at 6:40, as opposed to 4:50 a couple of months back. Just about time to start evening soccer games outdoors again.

Anyway, the plum blossoms are out. I took this photo this afternoon at uni here in Osaka. It should only be another couple of weeks until the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and we have flower viewing. Apparently they are out in Tokyo already. The Japan Meteorological Agency says it is seven days earlier than average. I swear it's getting warmer every year.


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