We are now into what seems like a working routine, but it never really is. How can it be a routine when we are in Japan? I’ve attached a photo of the exterior of one section of where we are staying- it is that drab brown and grey, no green but at the end of next month it is hanami season and you (and we) will see the contrast. It is already getting warmer – the other artists say we are just getting used to the cold and damp and warmth is an illusion. No matter, it makes me feel warmer and that’s what matters! We added another two working artists to our group today, both from Japan – all is well. We are a good mix of people and ideas – lots to learn.