The next day we went to Ukitake-shrine to greet the new year.
That shrine is over 700 years old and has a lot of ancient paintings and sacred rocks...
Today, on our trip to Shikanoshima we were totally surprised to see the very first Cherry-blossom this year. It was the only one and the tree is located at an Onsen (hot-spa) and since Shikanoshima is the warmest place in Fukuoka, it might be the reason, why it already came out.
Now I really look forward to Hanami-season... even if it will take about 10-12 more weeks.
But first I will be busy working on my new big painting for the upcoming show in Tokyo and on some other pieces. Also need to catch up with my mail... >_>