I promise this will be my last cherry blossom post! (Maybe I’m a little obsessed.) The cherry blossoms are over now in Osaka — there’s still some of the dark pink flowers left here and there, but the light coloured ones in these photos are all gone. Before they were gone for good, we headed out for one last hanami.
Sakura petals in the water. There’s a Japanese word for falling sakura petals — hanafubuki (花吹雪). It’s kind of a cool word, because it literally means flower (花) + snow storm (吹雪). It really is like the trees are snowing and it’s so pretty. I actually think the trees are the most beautiful when they’re “snowing.” I can’t even capture it in photos. You need to come to Japan and see it!
This was at Sakuranomiya (probably the best spot in Osaka for hanami).
We went on a Friday afternoon, so the park wasn’t too busy yet. You could tell it would be later because the nearby Lawson (convenience store) was PACKED with prepared food and cases of beer. I’ve never seen a store so well-stocked.
Our hanami picnic!
Sakura petals and sakura beer and sakura chu-hi! Japan really gets into the cherry blossom season. There’s sakura everything.
Sake and Kumamon and card games.
Okay, it’s that time again — time for a bunch of cherry blossom photos.