For anyone who doesn't know (shame on you!) Harmony land is the home of the famous Japanese character "Hello Kitty". It is about a 20 minute drive from our house and yesterday we had the pleasure (??) of going yet again - this time with our latest guests. They were a mother and 11 year old daughter from Canada and were with crazy biking Joe as part of a "car tour". It was nice to meet them and show them some of the "cute" side of Japan... although there are only so many times I can get excited about looking at Kitty! (and paying the entrance fee...) On the bright side it was the first time I have been there in spring and they had done a great job of bringing in cherry blossom trees (the ones in the picture are potted) and had violas and pansies everywhere (again often potted...). Tulips were in full bloom too so if you could stop the spinning feeling from the teacups (the little boy who also joined us was sure they were coffee cups) for long enough they made the visit bearable. Of course the kids had a great time - their one real treat in the spring holidays!