On Saturday, after work, Juan and I headed to the Imperial Palace outer gardens for a night viewing. After walking around the outer moat for about a half an hour we finally stumbled across the cherry blossoms and about 10,000 Japanese sakura enthusiasts. Tons of breathtaking cherry blossoms surround the moat. Row Boat rentals are very popular and romantic, but it was a little cold for us and the line was super long. ( sorry there isn't so many pictures, but we always have trouble shooting at night)
As we were about to head back to the train station, we noticed that the crowds were all heading towards another temple and park. So we followed the crowd and found the biggest night hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnic) I have ever seen. Over a hundred food stalls selling yaki-tori, octopus balls, baked potatoes, fish on a stick, corn on the cob, cotton candy, okanamiyaki, uden, grilled conch shells, beer, hot and cold sake, kabob sandwiches and just about anything else that is delicious in Japan could be found. Juan and I ate our way through the matsuri for a couple of hours then waddled home full of junk food and freezing cold.