These photos were taken on Saturday, 3/15/08, at Balboa Park, Van Nuys, California. It's located near 101 Fwy and 405 Fwy, 30 miles North West of downtown Los Angeles.
3200 cherry blossom trees (sakura) were donated and planted by an anonymous Japanese company in 1992. They are pink cloud (hybrid of Ohshima sakura) cherry trees. They were probably at full blossom 2 to 3 days prior to 3/15/08.
There is a 27 are lake in 80 are park with paddling boat rental, birds, barbeque facilities, and picnic benches. Also there is a public golf course next to the park, They are operated by City of Los Angeles.
I attended a cherry blossom picnic held by Fukuoka Kenjinkai Association. 34 people attended and enjoyed Beef BBQ, Chicken BBQ, yakisoba (chow-main) noodle, pork and vegetable miso soup, rice balls, inari sushi, kinpira gobo, ham sandwich, egg sandwich, assorted fruit, Chinese chicken salad, and etc.
It was little windy and a nice sunny day when the photos were taken between 11 AM and 3 PM. It rained little around 5 PM that day. I was able to capture the beauty of the cherry blossom trees before they were blown away by wind and rain.
Many people were enjoying picnic and strolling in the park. There was a group of people enjoying "Anime costume play" under cherry blossom trees as well.
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