Following our yearly tradition, members and friends
of the Australia-Japan Society and Bridge Club Australia
gathered in the beautiful Rhododendron Garden in Olinda on Saturday 20 September to enjoy traditional Japanese-style cherry
blossom viewing (Hanami).
Just like in Japan, we
enjoyed a picnic while viewing the beauty of pink and white cherry blossom
trees. We were also joined by the happy
bright daffodils that had come into bloom throughout the gardens.
Bridge Club Australia
organised Japanese games for the young and young-at-heart, including the
Japanese summer game of suika-wari (a bit like a watermelon piñata). This involved blind-folded competitors being
guided by their team-mates to crack open a watermelon.
As some visiting Japanese students pointed out,
the Australian watermelons were much larger than Japanese watermelons. As a result, they took much longer to be
defeated than the Japanese variety.
Everyone took quite a few turns to attack the melons and when the
winners were finally declared, the melons were in a less than appetising state.
Luckily we had some spare watermelons to enjoy
after the game and to share with our Japanese friends.
Families and friends could also have their names
written in Japanese calligraphy, have a go at Ikebana flower arranging and view
a traditional Tea Ceremony. Some Bridge
Club members tested out the kites they had created at the 2009 Reunion at the Osaka festival and there
were also quite a few frisbees being thrown about.