double cherry blossoms

May 5th, 2013 / by / in: travel / No responses

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Yeah, I know I said I’d stop posting about cherry blossoms and they’ve long stopped blooming here. But! I did go see them one last time in Osaka, at the Osaka Mint Bureau. The Mint has a ton of late-blooming varieties so it’s open for viewing a week or so after the regular sakura trees have lost their petals. Most of the trees are yaezakura (double cherry blossoms), which are much fluffier than the ones you usually see. The Mint has specific opening hours, and you can’t hanami under these trees, but it’s still nice to see the cherry blossoms one last time.

I hear that the cherry blossoms are blooming in High Park at home right now — so if you’re in Toronto, you can still hanami it up.

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Fluffy!

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Two varieties of cherry blossom on one tree? How that is possible, I do not know.

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After we wandered through the cherry blossoms, we were hungry. The park surrounding the Mint is lined with food stalls at night. For me, some takoyaki (of course)! Mike had a variety of sausages on sticks but that’s boring so no photos.

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This was some sort of Chinese thing. I don’t know what it’s called in English, but in Japanese it’s シャーツビン. It was kind of like a very large steamed bun that was flattened on a grill. It was DELICIOUS. It was greasy and salty and chewy in a good way.

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You can tell that food will be tasty if there’s a long line.

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Tamago senbei (egg rice cracker)? What is that? Well, for only 200 yen, let’s find out…

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Why, it’s a giant senbei with an egg, tenkasu, and a liberal amount of Japanese mayo!

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This just looks so cozy. Oh, Japan.

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I did not eat these チーズボール (cheese balls) but I wish I did.

This will REALLY be the very last post about cherry blossoms. Unless I go to Hokkaido, where they’re still blooming. But that’s pretty unlikely…

…or is it?


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