Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival!

It's officially cherry blossom season. Since the blooms were at their peak stage of short-lived beauty yesterday, we took a trip out to the Hirosaki cherry blossom festival to see them in all their glory. We had a lot of fun! Here's a picture-filled run-down of the day:

We met up with some friends EARLY in the morning (any outing that requires waking up at 5:30am on a Saturday better be a good one!) and took the train from Misawa to Hirosaki (about an hour and a half ride to the west). We took a nice 30 minute walk through Hirosaki to find the park with "our friend" Dave- a very nice, friendly man we met at the train station and incorporated into our group for the day (Dave is in the middle):
The park was beautiful! It was also PACKED with people, which makes sense considering this is the beginning (I think?) of Golden Week- a big holiday, celebratory week for the Japanese. The park's entrance:
Apparently the thing to do is to get there early stake out a claim on a picnic spot with a giant tarp. We didn't have a tarp, but we rented some mats and found ourselves a lovely spot (which got much more crowded as the day went on):
We spent the day walking around, taking pictures, hanging out and talking, people watching, eating yummy food, taking a tour of the castle tower, and enjoying the scenery. It basically looked a lot like this: 

All-in-all, it was a great day. The weather was chilly and really overcast all day, but it didn't rain at all until just as we were leaving, so it worked out perfectly. 

Happy Spring everyone!!

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