Continuation from my previous post.
Y-chan and I went for our sakura viewing 2 days straight (Sunday & Monday) as the sakura petals will be blown off by the wind easily once they reached full bloom. Another reason was Y-chan took leave on Monday to accompany me to the local municipal office to complete my foreigner registration.
The local municipal office was located near Ageo station and the recommended sakura viewing spot was somewhere 2.6 km away from it. So we decided to stroll there while burning the calories. Ten minutes after we started off from the office, we came across this place that stopped our feet. The sakura trees were already in full bloom so I dragged Y-chan to go and explore that place with me.
We took some photos and rushed off to the initial sakura viewing spot. It took us around 45 minutes on foot to reach the entrance. As it was an incline slope up to the viewing spot, we saw many sakura trees lined up both sidewalks of the road as we moved up. We were so amazed by what we saw when we finally reached the viewing spot. Very PINK! As we walked through the sakura trees to an open area, there were some food stalls selling the usual local food like Okonomiyaki, saute squid (焼きイカ – yaki-ika) and cotton candy. The sponsors were kind enough to rent the mats for free. So we bought some food and drinks to sit down and enjoy the sakura while eating. 😀 😀 Okay, and this is what the Japanese says ‘Hanami’ (花見). We wanted to stay a little longer but the wind was so strong and cold that we left before the sunset. 😦
This is the route that we have walked and took us around 1 hour. We treated it as an exercise (long distance walking) as walking helps to burn calories too and we have started this since last year.
Recently, the weather in Japan was quite bizarre! Just over the weekend (20th & 21st April), the temperature dropped to less than 11 deg Celsius in my area. Places like Nagano Pref., Ishikawa Pref. and Hokkaido Pref. even started snowing. Unbelievable but it’s true because my friend living in Nagano updated her facebook about this yesterday. 😛
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