Friday, June 19, 2009

Diamond Birthday

It is seldom if ever that I publish a photograph of myself. But this was my sixtieth birthday so I am taking the excuse. The sixtieth birthday is rather special in our culture but it is the start of a decade rather than the end of the sixtieth year. In Japan this happens at sixty one. So I am not ready for the red kimono and red cap until next year! This is the Herbert Park Hotel just around the corner. The bar area has changed because used to be tucked away in a rather airless room. Now it looks out onto the entrance to Herbert Park in a much more spacious area. It's rather a good place to meet friends and have a snack in a pleasant atmosphere. We can compare the sixtieth birthday with the wedding anniversary. So sixty is the diamond year.