Sunday, April 11, 2010
The weather has been unpredictable in the last couple of weeks; it has been raining and cold most of the week, everybody has been cautiously planning for the weekend hanami or cherry blossom viewing. I visited the Showa memorial park with a weather forecast of cloudy/rain.
Showa memorial park, or showa kinen, was established in 1983 to commemorate the 50 anniversary of the Showa emperor. The park extends now to 163 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens, ponds and barbeque areas.
The sakura or cherry trees were at full blossom and the many families were enjoying the park by the traditional Japanese picnic under the cherry tree or hanami.
I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the open field area and the number of people enjoying the day.
The park has several flower areas a large pond and a canal.
There is also a beautiful Japanese garden area that, excluding the house under reparation, was just perfect.
But the star of the day was undoubtedly the cherry blossom, and fortunately the rain didn’t spoil the day.