The local weather has really wreaked havoc with the annual cherry blossom season. We had one beautiful day at the very beginning when the trees were just beginning to bloom and we went to a picnic at Osaka castle where I got sunburned and everyone else got very drunk. Since then it's been hit and miss. Nonetheless, the younger Frenchling and I took a long walk along the Okawa river (Sakuranomiya Park) and then cut over to the Osaka castle park to see what we could see even though it was cloudy and cold. In spite of the weather, the trees, the water, the parks, and the castle were still a magnificent sight. Here are a few pictures. Enjoy.