So in the end we did have a decent cherry blossom viewing after all. We went to Kawachi Nagano in southern Osaka to visit one of Ritsukos friends who lives there. It's sort-of rural, but still easy to get to by local train.
Saturday started out cloudy but with no rain. As we arrived toward lunch-time, the sun was actually coming out now and again. The whole area is lousy with cherry-trees, so you could go just about anywhere and have a good view.
Towards afternoon it started to rain again, but by then we'd already gone back to the house for coffee, before we cooked dinner together. A pleasant day despite the weather.