Monday, April 07, 2014

sakura, sakura, sakura

IMG_6009 You know, when Mother Nature says she's giving you sunshine and cherry blossoms, there is nothing more to say but, "yes, ma'am".

Monday, that is what I did. I walked to all the places around our neighborhood and checked out the cherry blossoms because once they start blooming, it is just a matter of time before the season is over.

IMG_6035 Tuesday, I had an appointment in Osaka, so I went to check out the cherry blossoms at Osaka castle.

They weren't fully bloomed but it was still nice.

I then used my GPS to guide me to my appointment. You gotta love technology when it takes you through a park, Naniwa no miya ato Park, the remains of the Naniwa Palace and you get to see the scenery above while walking through the park. (photo above).

I was amazed at how many tiny neighborhood parks had beautiful blooms.

IMG_6067 Wednesday was forecast for another sunny day, so I again headed out to check out more blooms, this time along the Ookawa near Sakuranomiya.

This was a particularly nice walk because there weren't too many picnic-ing, probably because it was a weekday.

The weather for the rest of the week was forecast for rain, so I hadn't made any more plans. In fact, on Friday, it was so blustery, I was sure everything had blown off the trees.

Oh, I also tried out the panorama mode on my phone...pretty neat!

Another short sakura season.

If you are interested, you can check out more photos which I've labeled "sakura 2014" on my Flickr.

Hope you are enjoying Spring where you are!

p.s. over the weekend we hit a cold snap and had hail!!

9 comments:

Kozue said...

I definitely envy panorama mode!!
I explored sakura a lot and I'm so satisfied... My selection of best photos here.
http://website-mk.blogspot.jp/2014/04/my-best-cherry-blossom-sakura-photos-not-too-late-in-april.html
So romantic and if only I could take panorama photos... Uploading to Flickr. Nice idea.

K and S said...

I am glad you were able to see a lot of sakura Kozue :)

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

So pretty, but yeah so sad that the season goes by quickly. All of the wild cherry trees are in bloom now, and it's kinda cool seeing the mountainside with patches of white here and there.

Angel Mariel said...

Wow~ Sakura... so majestic! (^_^) Uhm, just a question, when I went to Mochi Cream here in my country, I see some mochi are in 'sakura flavor'. Do they use the real sakura flower to make it? Thanks (^_^)

KirkK said...

Very pretty Kat! Love the panoramic shot as well.

K and S said...

I agree, Rowena, when we were travelling in Kyushu, we could see huge puffs of pink and white on the mountainsides, it was cool!

I'm not sure what they used in your country Angel, but in Japan they usually use the leaf of the sakura to flavor things and the flower to decorate things.

I'm glad you enjoyed these Kirk :)

Take care everyone!
Kat

K said...

I love the cherry blossom season- so pretty!

jalna said...

Sooooo pretty!!!!

K and S said...

me too K!

Thanks Jalna :)

Take care you two.
Kat