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March 19, 2008

Plum Blossoms in Osaka Castle Plum Garden

This year I have been writing about various plum blossom viewing possibilities in Tokyo, but until yesterday I did not yet have a chance to see the plum blossoms of Osaka.




Yesterday in balmy weather I grasped my lunch-break chance to see the plum blossoms in the park of Osaka Castle. A special section has been set aside as "baien", plum park, and there are in fact lots of plum trees here - about 1,250.




Some trees were already past their prime, but others were just in full bloom. A faint sweet scent wafted through the air.




A pink riot on this tree which just was in full bloom!




Blossoms silhouetted against the blue sky.




People were picnicking under the trees. As real "Osakaens" these women of course carry bags with the "Hanshin Tigers" logo, the local baseball club that is the more popular, the more it loses in the national competition.




Seen through the haze of plum blossoms, even the concrete castle looks good!