Over new years I went to see the famous big buddah which is carved into the side of Mt. Nokogiri (see photo below). It was a beautiful day if not a bit windy. It was certainly warmed over in Chiba versus in Tokyo. The photo doesn’t really do it justice as the status really is huge.
Just about every year I try to make it out to Ome to see some of the plum blossoms. The area is nice because there is a large park with plum blossoms but also a lot of agricultural plum trees in the area. A lot of people have plum blossoms in their gardens and the plum trees on agricultural lands are close together so it looks like a sea of flowers (see lower picture).
This is a photo of the park itself
Went out cycling on the bike on Sunday to see cherry blossoms (photos to come) but I did get a photo of myself with the new (pink bike!)