Friday, May 4, 2012

cherry blossoms (6)

While the rainy season has begun in Okinawa, cherry trees have started blooming in Hokkaido. In Asahikawa, Hokkaido the cherry blossoms started blooming on May 2nd and reached full bloom on the same day.


Shokawa-zakura
Shokawa-zakura(荘川桜) in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
A dam's construction threatened to submerge cherry trees. Two 450 year-old trees were replanted along the dam lake by the construction company of the dam in 1960.They attract many tourists.
 
Kubo-zakura
Okitama Basin in Yamagawa Prefecure is dotted with old cherry trees.
The petals of Kubo-zakura(久保桜) in Isazawa, Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture are fluttering down. The tree is 1200 years old and has been designated as a national natural treasure.



Kamanokoshi-zakura
Kamanokoshi-zakura(釜ノ越桜) and Yakushi-zakura(薬師桜) in Shirataka Town, Nishi-okitama District, Yamagata Prefecture are fully in bloom now. Kamanokoshi-zakura is 800 years old and Yakushi-zakura is 1200 years old.  

Yakushi-zakura
photo by 日本列島お国自慢 

Both of them are a variety of cherry trees called Edohigan. The town has eight old cherry trees estimated to be over 500 years old.




Ishiwari-zakura


Ishiwari-zakura
The cherry blossom petals of Ishiwari-zakura(石割桜) on the grounds of the Morioka District Court in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture are fluttering down.
Ishiwari-zakura is a 360 year-old Edohigan tree and grows from a large crack in a huge rock. It was designated as a national natural treasure in 1923. The Morioka District Court was built on the site where the house of the Nanbu domain lords' branch family used to be.
 



Kitakami City Park Tenshochi

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
The cherry blossom petals in Tenshochi (Kitakami City Park Tenshochi) in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture are fluttering down.
A sightseeing horse wagon goes through the cherry blossom tunnel.

(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)



Kitakami City Park Tenshochiphoto by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙
The park has the 2-km-long row of 700 Yoshino cherry trees along Kitakami River(北上川) and 10,000 cherry trees of 150 different varieties including Yoshino cherry, Edohigan, Beniyamazakura(紅山桜, Cerasus sargentii (Rehder) and kasumizakura(霞桜, Cerasus verecunda (Koidz.) H.Ohba.) They were planted in 1920.

Kitakami City Park Tenshochi
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Kitakami City Park Tenshochi
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Kitakami City Park Tenshochi

Kitakami City Park Tenshochi
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Kitakami City Park Tenshochi
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙



Yonai Water Purification Plant

The cherry blossoms in Yonai Water Purification Plant(米内浄水場), Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture are not yet in bloom.
 



Kobozakura

Kobozakura(弘法桜) in Shizukuishi, Iwate District, Iwate Prefecture is fully in bloom now. The cherry tree(Edohigan) is over 800 years old.
 

Takkoku no Iwaya
The petals of weeping cherry tree in Takkoku no Iwaya(達谷窟) in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture are fluttering down.
 


Morioka Castle Ruins Park
The cherry blossoms in Morioka Castle Ruins Park(盛岡城跡公園) in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture are fully in bloom now.


Takamatsu Park
The Yoshino cherry blossoms in Takamatsu Park(高松公園) in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture are fully in bloom now. The park has 800 cherry trees including Yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, double-flowered cherry and yamazakura.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
 


The cherry blossoms in Shiwa Shiroyama Park(紫波城山公園) in Shiwa District, Iwate Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
 

stroll
stroll by tsushima2011 /flickr 
kakunodate
The cherry blossoms in Kakunodate in Senboku City, Akita Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
 (one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
Kakunodate is a former castle town and is very famous for about 400 weeping cherry trees including 162 trees estimated to be over 300 years old. They have been designated as a national natural treasure.



秋田市 千秋公園の桜
秋田市 千秋公園の桜 by shentianrun /flickr
Senshu Park

The cherry blossom petals in Senshu Park(千秋公園) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture are fluttering down.








About 2600 cherry trees in Hirosaki Park(弘前公園) in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture are fully in bloom now.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)
 

Japanese style
Japanese style by daita /flickr 
Matsumae Park
The cherry blossoms in Matsumae Park(松前公園) in Matsumae District, Hokkaido started blooming. The park has 10,000 cherry trees of 250 different varieties.
(one of 100 best cherry blossoms viewing points)

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures and the story about the cherry trees. I did not know that cherry trees can be so old!!
    Are there cherry trees in a garden of a teahouse, Ichinen? Or what kind of trees and flowers are there? I think I'll build also a piece of garden on my teahouse.
    Kind regards, Ilona

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  2. The photos of the Cherry blossom trees are wonderful I have visited Japan and was lucky to see some of the flowering Cherry blossoms in Nagoya and Kanazawa.The blossoms in the castle town of Kakunodate look like a waterfall. so beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. You visited Japan at the right time! In the cherry blossom season, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms here and there.

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