This April, for the first time in 3 years, the Osaka Mint Bureau held its cherry blossom viewing event. The Osaka Mint Bureau is the head office of Japan Mint and has various responsibilities related to coins. However, it's famous for it's 300 cherry trees and every April opens its gates for 1 week to the public. There are over 100 cherry varieties, some quite rare, and they never fail to disappoint! This year visitors had to make reservations to enter and we were able to get a spot on the very first day. Despite iffy weather, the cherry blossoms were in great condition and the crowds were far, far less than in the past. It was a delight to be there after a 3 year break.
Osaka Mint Information: www.japan-guide.com/e/e4008.html
Video of visiting Osaka Mint: www.youtube.com/watch?v=95YzxcguKdI
Information about cherry blossom varieties: khaawsflowerpicture.com/english-main/cherry-english-page/
With all the heat and rain of the past few weeks, my garden has exploded! Once the rains stops, I'll need to rearrange all the pots so they all have a bit more breathing space. It’s one thing to be close together in winter when most of them don’t have any leaves. But now? Rather squishy!! Remember, though, that I have about 150 pots. I'm going to be busy!
This is from my garden yesterday. I haven't had many chances to take photos lately though – too busy,
If you drive to Awaji Shima from Kansai, you must cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (such a beautiful bridge!) and soon after you will come to the Awaji Highway Oasis, a rest stop for travelers. We rarely stop since although the views are spectacular, there are usually too many people. This time, however, we decided to stop on our way home since it was spring and the one side has a beautiful garden out the back. It did not disappoint and we wished we had more time to explore. Maybe next time.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge: www.japan-guide.com/e/e3559.html
Awaji Highway Oasis: thegate12.com/spot/1327
February has been unusually cold with strong, gusty winds. As a result, signs of springs have been showing up later than usual and I, for one, have been getting rather impatient. Here and there plum blossoms have finally started blooming and I have been checking my plum trees daily. Not yet... Not yet.. YES! At last I have plum blossoms! Spring is really here! \(^.^)/
The photo below is the very first bloom on a small tree we bought last spring when we visited Awaji Shima. Plum trees can be a little fussy so I'm pleased it survived the winter and seems to be healthy and happy.
Spring is in the air! It's still cold out and we have been known to have snow this time of year but still, spring is in the air! Buds are starting to form on the ends of branches and there are sprouts of green here and there on the ground. What has us all most excited is that the plum blossoms are starting to bloom! The local park has a small hill covered in varieties of plum trees and so a few days ago we spent a lovely afternoon enjoying the blossoms. There are many varieties so some were well on their way while others seemed to be just thinking about blooming. I'm looking forward to returning soon.
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