The grounds of Osaka Castle are home to a great variety of plants, including 1,250 plum trees from 95 varieties. These trees are known as Kanbai(寒梅) – this name describes the fact they bloom much earlier in the year than cherry blossom. They can be enjoyed from early February to early March, so yesterday Emma and I dropped by to see the first signs of bloom.
A man had brought his pet budgie down to chill out in the branches, he attracted quite a crowd!
Plenty of people were about enjoying the first signs of spring.
Three impressive bonsai trees on display, all 50 years old.
We also met a really nice guy named Takashi, origami is a hobby of his and he made peacocks for Emma and I. Thanks, Takashi!
So not a great deal of bloom yet, but seeing it starting to appear is a nice reminder that spring is coming. We’ll be checking back again soon to see the blossom in full glory!