Friend Ryuko S. of Tono, Iwate, found this beautiful postcard showing a cat under the blossoms on a recent trip to Tokyo. Hand-dyed with natural dyes, the cloth at the center of the card was made by the Shigeta Dye Workshop. Ryuko knows how much I love cats. Her family runs Chikurindo, a sweets shop in Tono, which has the best akegarasu, a local specialty and one of my faves. I often used to have tea at the shop with Ryuko and her dogs. This card will go straight into a frame and onto a wall. Tono is in the northeast and cherry, flowering apricot, and other blossoms are now at their peak, just as they are here where I am in Pennsylvania.