So spring is coming, soon I hope! The stores are just starting to change their goods into sakura packaging, I saw sakura chocolate biscuits in the store, sakura beer packaging and sakura fragrance!
From February 15th Starbucks started their sakura series – this year its Caramelly SAKURA Chocolate latte or frappucchino.
It really was my last time to view cherry blossom this year! We went by the Osaka Mint on Monday where they have an impressive array of late blooming varieties.
Everyone else went to enjoy it too!
I was able to enjoy blossom in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto this year!
Japan often has limited edition seasonal releases for beers, snacks, drinks, and fragranced items, and every year we can enjoy sakura mochi – but it seems this season there have been many more exciting things to try!
I had a flying visit to Tokyo this last weekend, I managed to fit lots of excitement into just two days however! For now here are some of the cherry blossom pictures I took.
I had a lovely weekend, first I nipped to Jane Marple to buy the Alice dress. The staff member was very sweet and remembered me from the other week, she took the dress I wanted off the rack without me reminding her which one or colour!
Then I met with Anne who is leaving Japan soon :( We visited Starbucks for a Sakura White Chocolate drink. I got the latte and thermos drinks cup.
I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought – what precious rococo flavours. I must try them!
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.
Interesting watering system.
Huge tuna head.
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.
Yesterday was a lovely sunny day, I went back to Osaka Castle with a BBQ!
Sadly it rained really heavy Saturday night and the wind was howling so most of the beautiful blossom had been washed away.
It didn’t stop people enjoying the sunshine and what was left of the sakura though!
This guy was hogging the best spot for some corporate dinner.
You can see just how much blossom was lost in two days:
And one last picture…
Last weekend seemed to be the peak for most of the cherry blossom in Osaka and sadly I had to attend a training course on both my usual days off.
I managed to go to Osaka Castle one evening, but their special light up hadn’t started yet. So instead we just sat under a tree and had some snacks and beers.
I had a day off on Tuesday instead but J didn’t :( so we couldn’t go far. We just went a few stops down the loop line to Sakuranomiya and as the name suggests they have a lot of sakura.