I spent two years in Japan and in the first year, the cherry blossom season took me a little by surprise and I didn't make the most of it - not realising quite how fleeting it is, I guess, and how you really want to spend every possible minute you can gazing at these trees in bloom. The second year I was much better prepared and watched the evening news anxiously for the most accurate blossom dates - they often showed maps showing the "sweep" of blossoming starting in the warmer south and heading north to Hokkaido, the last part of Japan to get this special treat. Then I spent almost every non-working hour chasing cherry blossom, through Nara Park and Osaka Castle Park and in Koriyama and Ikoma and a dozen other spots. I harassed my students for all their best spots (even the secret ones where few foreigners have ever been!) and became a cherry blossom obsessive.
|Cherry blossom trees at Osaka Castle|
|Yes, more cherry blossom in Osaka|