When we were in Tokyo the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, so we were surprised when we returned to Himeji to find that the flowers hadn’t blossomed yet. They made their appearance the first week of April and lasted for about two weeks. We went to many “hanami” (flower viewing) parties, both day and night during that period. I think the cherry blossoms look like puffballs of pink cotton candy. Here are some pictures from just a couple of events.
Night Hanami - freezing but beautiful and lots of food
I'm next to the Mayor of Tottori, next to him is some guy who just randomly joined us for our photo shoot and next to him is the Mayor of Himeji, Tina, Lucy, Karen, Jodi, Chelsea, Marie and Lauren.
Lots of sake