THIS WEEKEND: ALL THINGS CHERRY BLOSSOM

Tis’ the season for beautiful white and pink flowers, albeit a very short season but a season none the less. If you haven’t had a chance to venture down to the Tidal Basin you may want to hurry. As of this past Sunday they were starting to lose their fluff, but they were still lovely.

There is a lot going on to celebrate our oxygen making gift from Japan, and get you in the spring spirit. THIS WEEKEND: ALL THINGS CHERRY BLOSSOM

SCIENTISTS AGREE THE SUBURBS MAKE YOU MISERABLE – BUT DISAGREE ON WHY

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At long last, science has confirmed what everyone from Tim Burton to Arcade Fire have been saying for years: living in the suburbs will make you unhappy – and maybe kill you.

According to the recent report from the County Health Rankings, in just one decade the suburbs went from the having the lowest rate of drug overdoses to the highest.  In suburbia, overdoses are now the top cause of early deaths among adults under 44, a striking turnaround considering that just a decade or two ago, politicians were busy framing inner cities as hopeless sinkholes of crime. SCIENTISTS AGREE THE SUBURBS MAKE YOU MISERABLE – BUT DISAGREE ON WHY

NOSTALGIC DREAMS AND CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES: SHAW’S NEWEST AND HOTTEST POP-UP BAR, CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

Photo by Claudia R. (Yelp)

This pop-up bar (PUB), bridges together Southern Efficiency and Mockingbird Hill to recreate the nostalgic wonderland of Super Mario Bros in one bar, and open a window into Japanese culture and springtime feels in the other. NOSTALGIC DREAMS AND CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES: SHAW’S NEWEST AND HOTTEST POP-UP BAR, CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

“A lot of places claim to be bright and full of light, but this place is genuinely bathed in sunlight. You might actually be able to keep a houseplant alive for longer than a week here, though the trade-off is that when you’re hungover, everyone is going to be able to see exactly how haggard and bloated you are, in excruciating detail. (Say what you will about basement apartments, but that dim light does wonders for your complexion.)”

“A lot of places claim to be bright and full of light, but this place is genuinely bathed in sunlight. You might actually be able to keep a houseplant alive for longer than a week here, though the trade-off is that when you’re hungover, everyone is going to be able to see exactly how haggard and bloated you are, in excruciating detail. (Say what you will about basement apartments, but that dim light does wonders for your complexion.)”

ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER

Sunshine is a powerful and popular renewable source of energy and potable water is a universal need. A wife and husband duo in India are harvesting both of these with one unique device called “Ulta Chaata,” which means “inverted umbrella,” in Hindi. As you can see below, this is an apt name for the attractive canopies that open to the sky like blossoms. ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER