Okinawa Sunflower Festival

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


The season of flower festivals has begun! I love love love love love flowers and how much Okinawa celebrates them. Last year at the sunflower festival, I was a few weeks pregnant. This year, I got to wander through the fields with John Shea who is totally fascinated by colors, the outdoors, people, everything. Each year there's groups of elderly and handicapped locals that come and sit off to the side in the shade as people wander by. It was so fun to see how much joy John brought them by laughing and smiling back at them as they grabbed his feet and pinched his cheeks and told him how cute he is in Japanese. I think it was the highlight of his day, and I would guess theirs too. He is an amazing little ambassador.

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  1. So beautiful in so many wonderful, joyful ways!

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  2. while you are skipping in the sunflowers, we are all dealing with bitterly cold winter here. lol beautiful! can't wait for spring!!!!!!!

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    1. Ha ha I know it! I'm sure you would love to know it's been in the 70s this week! ;)

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  3. Such beautiful pictures and time spent with your little man.

    You make me want to go to Japan!

    Any idea where you will go after you leave?

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    1. Not yet... we're supposed to find out in March!! I'll let you know when we do!

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  4. You are so diligent with getting your nice camera out to capture all these moments!! Makes me want to put down my iphone and dust off the old dslr!

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    1. Do it :) It's well worth the time and energy, I promise!!

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  5. Ooooh I love sunflowers so much!!!!

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  6. oooh, how beautiful!

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  7. your gorgeous sunflower pictures from last year are STILL my work desktop background!! These current pics are just as gorgeous. LOVE YOU!
    lanneybear

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