The children today seemed to have taken in some of the sunshine that blessed this corner of Japan this morning. Their clapping and bravos were difficult to quell, despite their winter masks. Or perhaps it was the musicians, happy from bike rides along shining water and the promise of longer days. The instrument demonstrations had an added element of enthusiasm and humor.
But it seems that tomorrow it will snow again. The return ride home was windy and gray. I suppose that for a little longer we will still have perfect weather for an evening at the onsen and warm noodle soup.