Last Wednesday, Satoshi was supposed to have the day off, but ended up having to meet a client in the morning.
After his meeting, we planned to meet and maybe see some sakura (cherry blossoms).
The weather was windy and cold, kinda cloudy, a few drops here and there.
I had been wanting to try Freundlieb, a cafe in Kobe, but unfortunately they were closed. So, we walked down to Comme Chinois, but they were closed too.
Not knowing where to go to eat, we ended up having a quick lunch at Kamakura Pasta, under the Sannomiya station.
Since the weather was quite cold and cloudy, we decided to give up going to check out the blossoms.
But still wanting to go somewhere, Satoshi suggested we go to Koshien.
They just started giving "behind the scenes" tours (for a fee) and we figured we could join in on one of them.
Well, you need to make reservations, and apparently they are booked 2 months in advance!
Since that was out, we decided to check out the Historical Museum of Koshien (which just opened also), located on the ground floor of the stadium, near right field.
For 500 yen (about US$5), you can see all sorts of Japanese baseball memorabilia from Koshien, like the big boards they used for their manual scoreboard. Manga (comics) written about baseball. And if you go in the morning or before a game, you can check out the back screen area (the area in outfield). (WARNING: If you go to the museum right before a game, they will not allow you in the back drop area.)
I whizzed through the place because while I like baseball, I don't think I'm as big a fanatic as Satoshi is. While he oohed and aahed at everything, I ran across the street to check out Kaldi coffee for some imported foods as well as some window shopping.
Two hours later, he came out of that place. And since the sun came out also, we headed to Minoo, to see the last of the cherry blossoms.
There was still some blossoms on the trees, and the wind was strong, blowing "flurries" of petals.
It really looked like it had just snowed! With all the work Satoshi's been doing lately, he hasn't really had much time to enjoy Spring.
I'm glad he was able to see some blossoms even if it was towards the end of the season.
Koshien Rekishi-kan (Historical Museum of Koshien)
Admission: 500 yen (adults)/300 yen (children up to age 12)