On Easter Sunday, our friend Margie, who teaches Japanese Tea Ceremony, had told us she was getting some people together down on the waterfront under the cherry trees, so we decided we would ride our bikes down and meet them and hang out for a while. She had heard that somewhere around 30 people would come, and unfortunately, there were only about 10, but it was still nice to drink matcha under the cherry trees and just chat with each other.
Incidentally, as we were sitting there, a man came up and asked if his wife could join us. It turns out she was from Osaka, and the couple lived in Canada, and just happened to be in Portland for the weekend and were walking by as we were sitting there. It was fun to chat with her and her husband a little bit as well.
It was a gorgeous day out, and though the cherry trees were starting to lose some blossoms, they still had quite a few left. The temperature was perfect, and the sun was shining. As expected, there were a lot of people sharing the park, many of them also having picnics, or just strolling, riding their bikes or sitting on benches watching the river go by.
After leaving the waterfront, we decided to go to House of Louie in Chinatown for dim sum, since we hadn't brought food to eat, and we were feeling a bit peckish by this point. Dim sum is always a favorite of ours, and while House of Louie isn't the best we've had, it is good, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is great in that sort of slightly-run-down fancy Chinese restaurant of the 1950's-1960's kind of way.
We quickly polished off a snack, and then decided to make our way to Jamison Square to hang out and soak up a bit of sun.
Not surprisingly, there were a lot of people there as well, and we happened to run into Peter Koonce, who is in charge of traffic signals for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and a really nice guy.
We parked our bikes by the square and meandered around the Pearl District a bit. Nothing much was open, but we just chatted and looked in shop windows.
After sitting on a bench in the park for a while, we rode back up through the Pearl District towards home, stopping at a couple of places on the way to take a look, and just taking our time. We got home, and just relaxed with the cats for a bit, and then finished off the evening in the best way possible, by meeting our friends Chelsea and Sam at Shigezo for dinner.
All-in-all, it was a pretty wonderful Easter.