This photo of a dentist’s office was taken in the old city of Kashgar, China, in 2003. Unfortunately, most of the old city has been torn down and the Uyghur residents relocated, as per decrees from the central government in Beijing.
Gateball, a game sort of like croquet, has become all the rage in Japan, especially among the elderly. Here a man is practicing his swing, just as Japanese men a generation before would go out on their day off and practice their golf swing.
It is March 29, and the cherry trees are blossoming all over the Kansai area–everywhere except in our neck of the woods, north Shiga. It’s still too cold here. Fortunately, the buds should open up in a few days. When they do, I’ll post some photos. Until then, here is a photo of some cherry blossom buds, nearly ready to blossom.