I’m late posting my photo hunt entry! I hope I haven’t posted these yet as photo hunt entries. These are 2007 spring pictures of Kyoto – my favorite place in Japan, and I think the most beautiful, too!
Happy photo hunting!
I thought I’d never see more Sakura this year. I planned on going to Kyoto but I canceled it because of the rain. I still don’t have a new job but I had other things that kept busy so I’ve been away from blogging world for a few days, and I didn’t have much time going around Osaka to see Sakura. Thanks to Osaka Mint. With 370 trees and 125 varieties of Sakura Trees, my short trip there was really worth it. They opened the place to the public starting today, April 16th, until April 22nd.
Here are some photos:
The weather was great last Saturday so I went to Osaka Castle Park to take pictures. The Japanese love to do “hanami” or Sakura viewing, so the park was crowded. I couldn’t get decent photos of Sakura because some of the food stalls were placed near the trees. I think they spoil the beauty of the Sakura.
Last year, a couple of friends and I went to Kyoto for Sakura Hunting. Indeed, Kyoto is still far better than Osaka Castle Park for Sakura viewing. Anyway, here are my favorite close-up photos using my camera phone:
Thank you for visiting and for sharing your photos! Have a nice weekend everyone!
Once again, the Sakura Hunters, equipped with 2-3 onigiri* each, headed to Kyoto for another Sakura adventure.
(1) Toji Temple
We just went there to see the 5-story pagoda but weren’t able to get close to it; not with the 1000-yen admission fee! So we just took pictures “within our reach”. ^-^
(3) Kamigamo Shrine
We went there last week but the pink sakura was not yet in “mankai*” mode. Much to our disappointment, the pink sakura tree had just started to bloom:
Inspite of the rain, a friend and I went to the Osaka Castle for Sakura viewing. We agreed that the rain might have dispersed the crowd there, and it did. Too bad there’s not much Sakura trees near the castle; too bad the Sakura trees were no longer in full bloom. Nonetheless, our little excursion was fun. ^-^ It was very hilarious seeing people hiding under under tents; some under any shade the castle grounds had to offer; instead of enjoying the party under the Sakura trees.
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