First up lots of rengyou (and though I didn't explain why, I did hum the chant, "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo", Randy Quaid's chant from The Last Detail). My mother grew some forsythia but not in quantities like this!
There's a good segue picture to Peach blossoms.
And a similar segue to Boke (Quince, which look like a Rose-tree to me and my joke about a bouquet went over my friend's head.)
The main attraction, Blossoming Cherries, were almost in full bloom, perhaps a few days before.
There's a choice between a 40, 50 or 65 minute trek up the mountain and since it was such a wonderful day, we made it to the peak. Here are some panoramic shots of Fukushima-city.
Hey, look! It's Sazae-san!
After a 30-minute wait for the bus and our 90-minute return trip, we had dinner at the Spanish restaurant, Tapas. I had a beer with apricot in it (yummy enough but a little pricy.) The pizza and salad were nice but the
We ended the evening with a shot of some Sendai's famous Penguin-Samurai.