We reach the park and are delighted to see that although some trees have started to shed some petals thanks to the rain and strong winds, most trees are still blooming strong! The park has something like 5,000 trees lining both banks of the river and make for an extremely scenic and enjoying leisurely stroll.
We're somewhat surprised to find out that there are actually close to twenty different varieties of Sakura / Cherry Blossoms all over Japan - with different colors, blooming periods and even number of petals and flower shape. The trees in Kema Sakuranomiya Park are mostly of the Somei Yoshino variety.
We also encounter a lot of multiple petaled, darker pink variety which we believe is the Yoshino variety. These are very obviously a later-blooming variety as the flowers look strong and sturdy and show no sign of giving up their petals to the wind ... yet.
Although we may have been a day or two late with the "peak" season for Osaka, we actually very much liked the conditions at the park - thanks to the hanafubuki (flower/petal blizzard) of "snowing" petals whenever the wind blowed. You can check out what it looks and feels like in the video below:
Of course we have to admit that it's a shame that the season came and ended earlier than usual this year (blame global warming, perhaps?) as we would have loved to personally experience the entire lifecycle of the sakura opening, blooming and the petals dropping. Maybe next year? :)
Kema Sakuranomiya Park has no admission fee and is just off the JR (Japan Railways) Sakuranomiya station in Osaka.
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