I arranged a short tour with Toshi for my family. My mother is 86 years old so i wanted to be sure she was safe and comfortable with the amount of walking we did. Toshi was very considerate of her needs and checked on her often. We were able to view Kumamoto castle during Sakura season so my daughter was also happy. Dontambouri area was very crowded, similar to NYC. He showed us a very small shrine and a sweet bean soup shop which we enjoyed very much. It took me back to my childhood many years ago. I wish we had more time to Hanami! It looked so fun. Thank You Toshi for the nice afternoon and pictures you took of my family.
I'm glad that you and your mother had a good time in Osaka. I think, perhaps, cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru garden and Hohzen-ji temple were the highlights in the tour for your mother and the rest of family members. My wife and I had a special feeling towards your mother and wanted to welcome your mother and your family with that feeling. At the shin-Osaka station, I explained how my wife got the KIntsuba gift for your mother. I'm hoping now that you understood "how come", too. Take care and say hello to MInoru-san. Best regards, Toshi