J and I went to the Osaka Mint on the 15th not realizing that they were closed to prepare for official cherry blossom viewing which started on the 16th. Which was a shame as the blossom was in full bloom!
I was lucky enough to be invited back on the Sunday with my Japanese conversation class! Though as we joked it turned into more of a cherry blossom leaf viewing!
The viewing was only one way, and I’d heard horror stories of being crushed but it was relatively quiet, mostly because most of the blossom was on the floor! There were still a few trees with blossom and everyone was fighting to get to the front to take pictures! The blossom was very pretty, my friend said they are like small bouquets hand tied to the tree, and I agree!
After we walked through we strolled along the food stalls at the edge of the river.
And at the end we had a picnic! :)
Later in the evening I met J and we went back to have a beer at one of the stalls.