Fun in the blistering sun … and it’s only April!

Underneath the trees behind the union flag, that's where you'll find us, please!

Underneath the trees behind the union flag, that's where you'll find us, please!

What a day for a picnic! Not a cloud in the sky and baking hot. And it’s only the middle of April! Here’s the Kinks and ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – enjoy!

Click HERE for the lyrics to this famous song from the 60s.

Last Sunday, we headed down to the park inside Osaka-jokouen, which seems to be unknown to many people. But what a great escape from the city – it was like being in Hyde Park in London, or Central Park in New York.

Acres of green, green, open spaces in the heart of Osaka City

Acres of green, green, open spaces in the heart of Osaka City

A great, green, open space in which to relax and breathe, play frisbee, ball or run around, and munch on all the great food that students, friends and staff had brought along to the first Spring term social event. The weather was fantastic, and such a contrast to the last time. Those of you who have been studying with us for a couple of years will remember the torrential downpour that we experienced in 2007!

The kids and I arrived at Osakajokouen station on the loop line sometime around 12.30 and were surprised by the intense heat that greeted us outside – time for some sun block! We met up with Sarah and some friends and ambled through a busy park and up and around the castle itself to the peaceful hideaway of the walled park on the west side of Osaka-jo. It must have taken us about 45 minutes in total, walking in the blistering sun, it really did feel like a summer’s day. When we arrived there were already around 50 people reclining under the trees.

Irie puts on her special sun hat on arrival in the park

Irie puts on her special sun hat on arrival in the park

Everyone had a great afternoon talking to friends, eating lovely food and playing games and enjoying the shade of the trees. For some, the party stretched on into the evening.

Beer in hand as the sun goes down in front of the castle

Beer in hand as the sun goes down in front of the castle

Me and the weary kids finally got back to Otori some time around 10.30pm. A long day out in the April Sunday sun. Thanks for coming! We are looking forward to the next BC Osaka social event already!

Here are some more photos from the event!

Hugo thinks he has caught sight of a UFO in the park

Hugo thinks he has caught sight of a UFO in the park


UK obachan style protection from the blistering sun

UK obachan style protection from the blistering sun

Long shadows tell us it is nearly time to leave the park

Long shadows tell us it is nearly time to leave the park


The heat of the sun, or IELTS study, obviously starting to affect some people, hehe!

The heat of the sun, or IELTS study, obviously starting to affect some people, hehe!


Hugo takes over camera duties and captures papa being silly

Hugo takes over camera duties and captures papa being silly


... and some others being silly!

... and some others being silly!


... and more silliness!

... and more silliness!

Getting tired after all the exertions of the day

Getting tired after all the exertions of the day


Nobody catches the attempted terrorist attack except for this alert cameraman!

Nobody catches the attempted terrorist attack except for this alert cameraman!


Osaka castle still standing

Osaka castle still standing


Johnny pops his head over the parapet

Johnny pops his head over the parapet


Sunset over Osaka and a tired little boy at the close of a long day in the sun

Sunset over Osaka and a tired little boy at the close of a long day in the sun

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