This Week in Sickness and Wellness

It's been raining almost every day in Tottori, and relatively cold overnight, for April. Our fig trees have their first buds, though, which is a sign. I heard last week that the cherry trees were at about half bloom. I haven't seen them because I don't care for cherry trees, and because of the plague almost no one is going for the usual hanami parties. Still, their blossoms are an indication of the season. This morning's newspaper showed snow in Tokyo, unusual for this time of year. The epidemic continues to rage, with no end in sight, though as yet no confirmed cases in our prefecture. Touch wood.
From April through August I will be in the office only twice per week. I've been asked to teach additional classes at Tottori University and I thought it best to take Thursdays off in order to avoid overwhelm and burnout. I'll be in only on Monday and Friday afternoons. Just in case anyone wanted to come in and talk to me. They never do, but just in case.