We went back to Oji Zoo with some friends. It's super close and cheap, and a great place where I can manage both kids by myself.
A really great thing about Oji Zoo is that it has hundreds (don't quote me on that number) of cherry blossom (sakura) trees. Even though it's still not peak time in Kobe for cherry blossoms (as many of you know, there is a published cherry blossom forecast), there are still many trees that are in bloom right now. There are many different varieties, so they all bloom differently. In many places, including Rokko Island, the sakura trees were planted in a very well thought out way, so different areas have different things blooming for maximum nature enjoyment/viewing.
We had our first picnic of the season under the warm sun and cherry blossoms.
The kids were great and had a fantastic time. Maximo fell asleep sitting up on the train ride home:
And here's the start of the Spring 2013 photo album.