Monday, April 11, 2011

The Russian and Cherry Blossoms




Happy Monday everyone! The Mistress had a fabulous weekend with her date, Mr Russian and it went very well, a very nice time indeed. The day went longer than usual and Mr.Russian even took the Mistress to dinner which wasn't planned. Your probably wondering about the pictures of the cherry blossoms. Well that was another unexpected surprise. We encountered the Philadelphia Cherry Festival, which takes place in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. It was pretty neat to see.





A program of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia,The Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is an initiative to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States. For hundreds of years, Japan has been celebrating the beauty of the elegant pink cherry blossom with picnics under the trees accompanied by traditional music and dance. Set under the blossoming canopy of Philadelphia’s cherry trees, the festival is a chance to experience a centuries-old tradition that celebrates the fleeting splendor of spring like no other. Locals and visitors were savoring the fruits of Japan’s rich cultural heritage before the flowers fall. The Festival benefits the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, which seeks to beautify the Philadelphia landscape by annually planting and maintaining cherry trees in Philadelphia parks. In the spring of 2007, the JASGP finished planting 1,000 cherry trees to supplement the 1,600 flowering trees donated by the Japanese government as a gesture of friendship. And this year's festival meant even more since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.





I understand all money from the vendors and charities event went toward relief for the Japanese disaster. After the festival it was off to the Philadelphia Art Museum and then dinner. The walking tour never happened as we had some rain, but the day went fine and enjoyable anyhow. The Russian even made sure the Mistress got home alright. Who said chivalry was dead? So I guess their will be abother game of Russian Roulette! Tootles!

23 comments:

  1. Janice4/11/2011

    Rather cool blog you've got here. Thank you for it! I like such topics and anything that is connected to them.You always have somethin t do I swear!

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  2. Those very words — cherry blossoms — just scream “Spring!” What a gorgeous display! And glad to hear the date went well also! Souns devine!

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  3. I had no idea those cherry trees had been given to Philadelphia by Japan – it makes total sense, since they are addicted to cherry trees over there. Actually it turns out that Philly's festival might be a bit more genteel, believe it or not. My Japanese friend tells me that the cherry festival in Japan is an excuse for hard-drinking salarymen to party, so often you see them passed out under the cherry trees, with the blossoms gently drifting down…perhaps “No Nose” would approve?

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  4. Yeah, Mistress, so glad you survived the Russian Roulette! And the trees are pretty nice, are they not? Looks like Philly does a great job after all. Lol!

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  5. This must be a very nice event! And thanks for your comment about the eartquake, I was in Japan last year, the same places now almost destroyed and my heart is crying.

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  6. What a beautiful post! Almost a ode to Japan. Philly is such an awesome place to visit, I can't imagine how breathtaking it is with the cherry blossoms in full bloom! And sounds like all went VERY WELL with Mr. Russian;0

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  7. We tried to get onto the seta Saturday morning to go down to see them. But with those and a baseball game in town limits, the rail and buses were crunched with people. So we gave on that and went to Mixto and sat under a lone cherry tree!!! We'll try it probably Friday. Hope there blossoms left. It's been so wet lately! And the Russian is only 6'4!!!!!! Is that it?

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  8. Greetings to you, from the land where those cherry blossom trees came from! Yes, we too are enjoying the beautiful sakura, right now

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  9. How beautiful and uplifting to see this beauty. And On a Monday yet! Also sounds like th date went real well. So there will be another???

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  10. Now I am getting confused you slut. Which guy is the Russian? Is he the new one? The pictures are stunning.For the next show you should do a all pink number with a whole head of cherry blosoms!

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  11. Sounds like a real nice day and the flowers are pretty but inquiring minds want to know him being 6'4 was everything in proportion!!!!! Details damn it!

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  12. aw...Mistrss, you've got my all time fav flower..and I am so wishing I could be there!! Hugs

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  13. Mstress, I don't know where you get your stamina! How do you keep up with all these boys! But sounds like you are doing quite fine with your new skin!!!!

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  14. I saw a documentary that told the story of the cherry trees, and was amazed. Isn't it nice that gardening can bring countries together (sort of). We should garden with other nations more, and maybe we'd war less!

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  15. Beautiful shots of the blossoms.
    Such a wonderful time of year and you've really captured Spring.
    I think I need to put Washington DC and Philadelphia on my list of travels. Glad to hear the date with the hot Russian went good. He sound quite nice and knows how to treat Mistress.

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  16. Stunningly beautiful Mistress! I should go to see that in person.I love when the pedals fall also, looks like pink rain!

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  17. Having lived in the D.C. area for three years a couple years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to see the gorgeous cherry blossoms in bloom. It's absolutely stunning. I hope you'll get a chance to see it sometime. I have never seen Philly's. Maybe next year you'll give me the grand tour!?!

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  18. Thank you everyone for the comment and so glad you enjoyed the post. And yes Mr. Russian knew the right buttons to push!

    Ursula- It was a little touching considering the state of things over there.

    Miss Empress- yes!!! GO!!!

    Xue- Thanks for stopping infrom abroad! So glad you enjoyed the post and please do stop back!

    Coco- Honey- been there done that! Don't you remember the crazy branches of blossoms coming out of that updo?

    Adrien- all in do time you minx!

    Diesel boi-I would be more than happy to give you a grande tour! Just drop me a line, or come up and see me sometime.























    Xue- Welcome from abroad! So glad to hear from you and do stop back!

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  19. Sounds like a wonderfully international kind of weekend!

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  20. Okay, so did I read something here about "...celebrating the fruits of Japan"? How wonderful to know that GLBT Support is globalizing!!! But seriously, beautiful post -and things sound most intriguing w/ The Russian! Perhaps some clever word-play on Kamchatka is in order???

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  21. I am sure it's a stunning sight! These are among my favorite tress to planet. They look so peaceful I guess. And you and the Russian hit off huh! I have to say I'm enjoying this new side of the Mistress!

    Diesel- The Mistress will give you a tour alright. A shortcut through the Casa!!!! I understand she knows her way around a king size!

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  22. Looks like you had a great day! So happy yu had a even better time with the Russian, they can be real tempting I tell ya! And to Cali boi- like you wouldn't want that tour!!!!

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  23. Brings to mind a line from a poem by Pablo Neruda: "I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees."

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