Making sure that we didn't waste any of our spring-filled weekend, we also spent Sunday out and about. Our first visit was to Ishidatami's Shidarezakura 石畳のしだれ桜.
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The tree wasn't in full bloom yet, but the festival atmosphere was there with soba cooking and rice popping with loud explosion sounds and cheers. We looked at the tree, then bought some fresh mochi and snacked our way up to Yuge shrine and its wooden covered bridge.
On the way up, a passerby educated us on the flavour of green mochi, which is achieved with yomogi ヨモギ. She even grabbed one from the roadside to give to us. Spring is a great time to eat things that might otherwise just seem like roadside flowers or weeds!