The Cherry Blossoms – 桜

Osaka, April大阪, 4月

One’s feelings are not easily put into words when after a long, cold Finnish winter you suddenly arrive to this; a warm breeze on your jet lagged face, pale skin exposed from beneath the winter clothes – Oh, hello, sun!


This was my first Sakura no-toorinuke. It differs from hanami mostly because of the rules: no eating, smoking or touching the flowers. The Tanaka sisters and I followed the mass of people while chatting and taking pictures.


This was the last day of the Japan Mint Bureau’s cherry blossom viewing. They open their gates to the public for a week every April at the sakura’s prime time. The garden has approximately 350 trees, and they also have rare varieties you cannot find anywhere else. The 560-meter long alley was established in 1883, and it’s certainly worth a visit.


Not just the pink beauty, there is something for the food lovers too. During the event, the street near Okawa River has all kinds of festival food to offer: okonomiyaki, taiaki, takoyaki, and choco bananas. Dishes one can only dream in Finland. And they are practically free, so you better go with an empty stomach!

造幣局とその隣を流れる大川の花見スポットの魅力はピンク色の美しさだけではない。くいしんぼうにもうれしい。 イベント期間中、フードフェスティバルのようになっており、お好み焼き、たい焼き、たこ焼き、チョコバナナ、フィンランドでは夢のような食べ物が並ぶ。しかもタダ同然だから腹ペコで行くべきなのだ!

Japan Mint Head Office

1-79, Temma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0043, Japan

独立行政法人 日本造幣局

〒530-0043 大阪府大阪市北区天満1丁目1-79