This was my 2004 trip to Japan. There are so many Cherry blossom trees everywhere. I believe that the cherry blossoms bloomed in mid March in Kumamoto, but they normally bloom early there because of the warmer weather. The rest of Japan has to wait a few weeks longer.
As is customary with the flower festival, everyone goes picnicking. The great thing about this is you get to go out with friends, meet up with other friends, and have lunch with a ton of people. This is a great way to meet new and interesting people. Sayaka's little sister works as a physical therapist, and her boos heard I was in town and just had to meet me. This is the picnic in front of Kumamoto castle that we had. The day was a little windy, but nobody seemed to mind. There was too much good and delicious food keeping us all preoccupied.