"Hanami (lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, "flower" in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms ("sakura") or (less often) plum blossoms ("ume")." (More info here.)
Japan's famous cherry blossoms don't show up 'til late March or early April. So when we went there during the first week of March, I decided to look for the next best thing--plum blossoms. A friend who's been frequenting Japan suggested that I check out Expo '70 Commemorative Park in Suita, a city located in the Northern part of Osaka.
So during my and my travel companions' self-imposed "free day" (a day where we each followed our own itineraries), I decided to go there. It was bound to be an adventure, what with me being geographically-challenged and all haha. But this sight was definitely worth almost getting lost and boarding the wrong train!
|The Tower of the Sun.|