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Monday, April 30, 2012

cherry blossoms (5)

"Golden Week" means the period from April 29th to May 5th including four holidays which are Showa Day(the birthday of the former Emperor, April 29th), Constitution Memorial Day(May 3rd), Greenery Day(May 4th) and the boys festival(May 5th). Many Japanese go somewhere during Golden Week holidays.

I have been busy because of my mother's fracture and my sister's illness. They are in the hospital. My sister might have to be transferred to another hospital.

The cherry blossom petals fall after about a week at each place. We are enjoying the season of fresh greenery in Yokohama. However, some people travel north with the "cherry blossom front" to enjoy the blossoms for a longer time.


The cherry blossom petals in Hanamiyama Park(花見山公園) in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture are fluttering down.

Hanamiyama Park
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The park is the private plot of a flowering tree grower and is open to the public. Although visitors can't get into the park now, they can look at its flowering trees from the outside.

Hanamiyama Park
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
It became widely known to the public after a famous photographer likened this spot to Shangri-La.

Hanamiyama Park
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There are flowering trees of 70 different kinds including some varieties of cherry trees, Forsythia, Flowering Quince, Hana peach in it.


Hanamiyama Park
photo by 花とハイキングでエンジョイ
  
Hanamiyama Park
photo by 花とハイキングでエンジョイ
  Miharu Taki-Zakura(三春の滝桜) in Fukushima Prefecture is fully in bloom now.


Ozakura in Tarumi
photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
 
The petals of Ozakura in Tarumi, Yabu City, Hyogo Prefecture are fluttering down. Ozakura is a Edohigan(Cerasus spachiana) tree and is over 1000 years old.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
 
 
Takato Joshi Park
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The cherry blossom petals in Takato Joshi Park (高遠城址公園, Takato Castle Ruin Park) in Ina City, Nagano Prefecture are fluttering down.The park is very famous as one of cherry blossoms viewing points and gets an invasion of tourists during blooming season.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

 

Takato Joshi Park
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
A variety of cherry trees called Takato-kohigan(高遠小彼岸, Cerasus ×subhirtella ‘Takato-kohigan’) is native to this park.The park has 1,500 Takato-kohigan trees.

Kaiko-en
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The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Komoro Joshi Kaiko-en(小諸城址 懐古園, Kaiko garden in Komoro Castle Ruins) in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture are fully in bloom now. (one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)


Kaiko-en
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A variety of cherry trees called Komoro-Yaebenishidare(小諸八重紅枝垂) is native to this garden.

 
 
 
 Mamizuka Park
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The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Mamizuka Park(馬見塚公園) in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture

Yotagiri Park
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The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Yotagiri Park(与田切公園) in Kamiina District, Nagano Prefecture


Kozen-ji
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About 70 weeping cherry trees in Kozen-ji Temple(光前寺) in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture are nearly in full bloom.





Kozen-ji
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Takashima Castle
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The cherry blossom petals in Takashima Castle(高島城) in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture are fluttering down.

Senninzuka Park
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The cherry blossom petals in Senninzuka Park(千人塚公園) in Kamiina District, Nagano Prefecture are fluttering down. It was a battlefield in the past. It is said that soldiers' bodies and their armors were buried there.


Okusa Joshi Park
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Most of the cherry blossoms in Okusa Joshi Park(大草城址公園, Okusa Castle Ruin Park) in Kamiina District, Nagano Prefectureare are fluttering down. A variety of cherry trees called Yae-benishidare(八重紅枝垂, Cerasus spachiana ‘Pleno-rosea’) is fully in bloom now.
Okusa Joshi Park
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Garyu Park
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The cherry blossom petals in Garyu Park(臥竜公園), Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture are fluttering down.


Garyu Park
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
 The park has 800 cherry trees including Yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, yamazakura(Cerasus jamasakura) and double-flowered cherry blossoms.

Kamo Jinja Shrine Otabisho
The cherry blossom petals in Kamo Jinja Shrine Otabisho(賀茂神社 お旅所) in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture are fluttering down. There are a 550 year-old and two 450-year Edohigan cherry trees.


Garyu-zakura

Garyu-zakura(臥龍桜) in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is fully in bloom now. This tree is a cherry variety called Edohigan and is estimated to be over 1,100 years old. It has been designated as a national natural treasure.

Shiogama Jinja
The cherry blossoms in Shiogama Jinja Shrine(鹽竈神社) in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
The shrine has several varieties of cherry trees including Shiogama-zakura(鹽竈桜, Cerasus serrulata ‘Shiogama’), weeping cherry, Shikizakura(四季桜, Cerasus × subhirtella ‘Semperflorens’), Yoshino cherry and yamazakura trees.

Shiogama-zakura has been designated as a national natural treasure and will come into bloom in May.
Shiogama Jinja
Shiroishi River
The petals of the 8-km-long row of cherry blossom trees along Shiroishi River(白石川) in Shibata District, Miyagi Prefecture are fluttering down. About 1,200 cherry trees include Yoshino cherry, double-flowered cherry, yamazakura and Sendaiyoshino(仙台吉野, Cerasus x yedoensis 'Sakabai' ) trees. A third of those trees is over 80 years old.

Funaoka Joshi Park
The cherry blossom petals in Funaoka Joshi Park(船岡城址公園, Funaoka Castle Ruin Park) in Shibata District, Miyagi Prefecture are fluttering down.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

Tsuruoka Park

The cherry blossom petals in Tsuruoka Park(鶴岡公園) in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture are fluttering down. This park was chosen as a location for a film.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

Hiyoriyama Park
photo by 日本列島お国自慢

The cherry blossoms in Hiyoriyama Park(日和山公園) in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture are fully in bloom now. You can see the sunset over the sea in this park.
There is a recreated cargo ship called junk in the park.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

cherry blossoms (4)


photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
The cherry blossoms petals in Shukugawa Park(夙川公園) in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture are fluttering down. (one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
・Varieties of cherry trees:  Yoshino cherry, Yamazakura(山桜, Cerasus jamasakura or Prunus serrulata), Kanzan(関山, Cerasus serrulata‘Kanzan’), Oshima cherry(大島桜, Prunus speciosa), フゲンゾウ(普賢象, Cerasus serrulata ‘Albo-rosea’)

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
The cherry blossoms petals in Akashi Park(明石公園), Hyogo Prefecture are fluttering down.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集

The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Kinosaki Onsen(城崎温泉, Kinosaki's hot springs), Okayama Prefecture are fully in bloom now.

Zenpuku-ji Temple
photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Four weeping cherry trees in Zenpuku-ji Temple(善福寺) in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture are fully in bloom now. They are about 260 years old.
Sasayama Castle Ruins
photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
The cherry blossoms in Sasayama Castle Ruins(篠山城址) in Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture are fully in bloom now. A thousand Yoshino cherry and yamazakura trees are blooming there.

Sasayama Castle Ruins
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Tsuyama Castle Ruins
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
The cherry blossoms in Tsuyama Castle Ruins(Kakuzan Park), Okayama Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

The Expo Commemoration Park
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The cherry blossoms petals in The Expo Commemoration Park (万博記念公園, Banpaku kinen koen) in Osaka are fluttering down. The park has 5500 cherry trees of 9 different varieties including Yoshino cherry, Yamazakura, Satozakura(Cerasus lannesiana Carriere) and weeping cherry.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

Koito-shidarezakura in Ono-dera Temple
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Ono-dera Temple(大野寺) in Uda City, Nara Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
・Varieties of cherry trees: Koito-shidarezakura(小糸枝垂桜, a variety of Cerasus spachiana) , Beni-shidarezakura(紅枝垂桜, Cerasus spachiana ‘Pendula Rosea’)
Two Koito-shidarezakura trees are about 300 years old.


Itozakura in Kofuku-ji Temple
photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Itozakura in Kofuku-ji Temple(光福寺) in Hyogo Prefecture is fully in bloom now. Itozakura is a variety of weeping cherries. This tree is about 300 years old.


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

The cherry blossoms petals in Ondo-no-seto Park(音戸の瀬戸公園)in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture have fallen.
・Varieties of cherry trees: Yoshino cherry, Oshima cherry, Yamazakura(山桜, Cerasus jamasakura or Prunus serrulata), double-flowered cherry blossoms(八重桜, Yaezakura) 
 Nagahama Castle, Ho Park
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The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Ho Park(豊公園) in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture are fully in bloom now.  Seven hundred Yoshino cherry trees surround Nagahama Castle(長浜城).
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

Ho Park
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photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Hikone Castle(彦根城) in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture are fully in bloom now. This castle was built in 1622 and has been designated a national treasure.

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The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Azuchi Castle Ruins(安土城址) in Omi-hachiman City, Shiga Prefecture are fully in bloom now.



Matabe-zakura and peach trees
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
A weeping cherry tree called Matabe-zakura(又兵衛桜) in Uda City, Nara Prefecture is fully in bloom now. The cherry tree is said to be over 300 years old. Matabe(又兵衛) is the name of a famous warlord.

'Shimosenbon' on Mount Yoshino in the sea of clouds
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
Each of the four areas of Mount Yoshino, Nara Prefecture is called 'Hitome Senbon' (a place one can look over 1,000 cherry trees at a glance) and given the name 'Shimosenbon,' 'Nakasenbon,' 'Kamisenbon,' and 'Okusenbon,' respectively. (one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)



Miyasumi Park
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The cherry blossoms in Miyasumi Park(三休公園) in Kume District, Okayama Prefecture are fully in bloom now. About 5000 cherry trees include Yoshino cherry, yamazakura and satozakura trees. 

cherry blossom trees along Asuwa River
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The 2.2-km-long row of cherry blossom trees along Asuwa River(足羽川) in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture are fully in bloom now. About 3500 cherry trees include Yoshino cherry, yamazakura and weeping cherry trees.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)


Shiro-shidarezakura called Gosho-zakura(御所桜) in Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
photo by KYOTOdesign
The cherry blossoms in Kamigamo Jinja Shrine(上賀茂神社) in Kyoto are in nearly full bloom now. This shrine has Yoshino cherry, Beni-shidarezakura(紅枝垂桜, Cerasus spachiana ‘Pendula Rosea’), Yamazakura(山桜, Cerasus jamasakura or Prunus serrulata) and Shiro-shidarezakura trees.
Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
photo by KYOTOdesign





Kanazawa Castle Park
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
The cherry blossoms in Kanazawa Castle Park(金沢城公園) in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
Kanazawa Castle Park
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