There are four seasons in Niigata - Spring, Summer, Autumn and the Ice Age. To say that joy can be had at the first signs of Spring is an understatement. -But well worth he wait.
Daurian Redstart (female)
Red-flanked Bluetail (female)
Next week, the blossoms should be in full glory. I'd love to get that Flycatcher posing in the middle of them. There will be buckets of people there though.