英語リーディング Spring is in the air

The weather in Osaka has been absolutely beautiful for the past week and there are signs of spring everywhere. Just yesterday when I was visiting the neighborhood supermarket, I saw a sparrow’s nest with a trio of hatchlings. Their heads were all fuzzy, poking up above the rim of the nest as they waited for their mother to feed them.

Everywhere flowers are in full bloom, spurred onward by the occasional spring shower and generous amount of sunlight.

While I was walking along the Yodo River 淀川 the other day, I couldn’t help but notice all the full grown dogs leading puppies or kittens that have yet to grow into cats.

Spring is the best time to get rid of lingering winter flab before the summer hits. Although Banpaku Park 万博記念公園 is a famous picnic spot, it is also extremely popular with joggers and yoga enthusiasts. Last week, while I was having a picnic at Banpaku Park, I was impressed by the number of people who were exercising their way through the park. Some people looked like they were in the best of shape, while others seemed to be starting a new exercise regimen.

I spent the greater part of the winter exercising in Umeda 梅田, Sannomiya 三宮, andKawaramachi 河原町. But it was mainly enjoying a favorite winter past-time of North Americans – mall walking. Now that it’s warm enough, I plan on getting some exercise during my lunch break by walking around the Senrioka 千里丘 area. Sunrise サンライズ英会話 is located in such a convenient area, probably the most interesting out of all the other places that I’ve worked while staying in Osaka, Japan. Senrioka isn’t as busy as Umeda, but there is still plenty to do – and buy – when I have a spare hour or two. There are tons of new crops that are being harvested all around Japan, so I’m always checking out Maruyasu to see what’s new and fresh. Joshin is only a short walk away from Sunrise, as is Book Off, Hankyu Oasis, and JR Osaka Station, and let’s not forget Mr. Donuts.

So, while I focus on becoming a little healthier for the summer, I’m happy to be able to see life flourishing around me and the colors becoming more vivid and vibrant.

New Vocabulary / Expressions
Hatchlings 孵化したての幼鳥
Fuzzy ふわふわ、もこもこ
In full bloom 満開で
Spur ~を刺激する
Generous 寛大な
Lingering 延々と続く
Flab 脂肪
Enthusiast 熱心な人
Regimen 養生法
Crop 農作物
Harvest 収穫する
Flourish 活躍する
Vibrant 活力のある

Challenge: Try to use the new vocabulary in as many sentences as you can come up with!

~ Samantha

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