One of the good things about having Monday off is that one can avoid the week-end crowds for a few things, be it shopping or watching cherry blossoms in the most famous and beautiful park in the area. If on Sunday, any place that had cherry trees was invaded by hordes of people seeking to watch their blossoms for Hanami, on Monday, things were much more bearable if you’re like me and hate crowds.
And to make things even better, yesterday afternoon was the most beautiful afternoon of 2012 so far, with a cloudless sky and temperatures raising about 20°C (that’s 70°F) for the first time of the year. In other words, it definitely was the perfect day to spend the afternoon in the Ritsurin Garden, and this is exactly what I did.
It was my very first Hanami, and I can say that now, I definitely understand Japanese people’s obsession with Sakuras.
I may have gone overboard with pictures, this is the largest batch I have posted in one post (and there are more to come, both in a upcoming second post, and as random pictures in the coming months), however, I really advise to watch the whole gallery, I don’t think you’ll regret it (just click on the first picture, and then press the right arrow key to see the next picture).