It’s cherry blossom season in Okinawa. There are multiple festivals, all at different locations across the island. Since this year is our last chance to go, we went to the one festival we hadn’t been to yet.
The kids and I (hubby had a softball tournament and I couldn’t drag him to a flower festival anyways) headed out Saturday afternoon. The festival was at the Nago Castle Site Park. The festival itself was bigger than I expected. There were tons of food stands, games, a couple bouncy houses, a stage, and street performers.
I had to drag the kids past all the games and bouncy houses to get to the trees. We headed up the steps (there are 400, some nice person numbered them). There were a few trees blooming along the way, but not many. I have yet to see the trees in full bloom. I don’t know how I always miss it, but every year, it seems that I do.
My daughter was whining and crying about how tired she was climbing all those stairs. She was being really loud. So loud, a friend of mine heard and rescued me by entertaining and distracting her.
At the top of the stairs was a small shrine with a bell. I’m not sure what the purpose of the bell was, but we all rang it anyways.
After that, we just walked around to check out the trees. Let me just say that I am loving my new camera. The cherry blossoms gave me a good chance to experiment with the settings on the camera.
There is actually a lot of stuff at the park, castle ruins not being one of those despite the name. There is a pretty big playground, numerous sculptures, and a great pedestrian bridge.
We headed to another festival after this, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow.