"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.|
|Bang! Bang! Bang!|
|Japanese kids are the cutest!|
I was alone but I just had to have my photo taken under the canopy of plum trees. Thanks to that random photographer I bothered who thought I was a student (Ha!), I have this photo:
The park is huge and has other sections like the tulip garden, rose garden, and, of course, cherry blossoms garden. (To find out what flowers are in bloom during a particular season, click here.) During the time we were there, only the plum trees were in blossom. Now imagine how the whole park would look like during spring. And that's my cue to say... I'm definitely coming back ;)
EXPO '70 COMMEMORATIVE PARK
Suta, Osaka, Japan