Events:


seasonal flowers:




Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring is in full bloom

Cherry blossoms reached full bloom on the 22th in central Tokyo and Yokohama, and started blooming on the 21th in Osaka. Meanwhile, a strong snow storm hit Hokkaido on the 21th.



cherry trees and my family temple

Two periods of seven days with the middle day falling on the spring or autumn equinox are called Higan(彼岸), which means "the other shore" or Buddhahood. I visited my family grave with my family on the 22nd.

Cherry blossoms were almost in full bloom in my family temple. It's rare to see blooming cherry blossoms during Higan.













cherry trees and graves


photo by Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division
 
Kinkasan (金華山), Miyagi Prefecture
Predicted flowering period: mid April to mid May

Kinkasan (金華山, Kinkasan or Kinkazan) is a small sacred island off the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture. The island is covered with primeval forest. It's only the workers of Koganeyama Jinja Shrine(黄金山神社) who live in the island.Wild deers and monkeys live there. The deers have been regarded as the messengers of a deity, so they are wandering around the shrine.

A man posted his experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011 on the island. He and his friends headed for higher ground amid aftershocks shortly after the quake, facing the peril of falling rocks. There was a memorial monument of the 1933 Sanriku earthquake on the ground. They took shelter temporarily in the shrine. The shrine provided a room and meals to visitors. On the 12th, a sightseeing boat came to pick up them, and they crossed the sea to the peninsula.




"The world's longest row of cherry blossom trees"

Hirosakidake Ajigasawa Line of Aomori Prefectural Route 3, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
Predicted flowering period: early to mid May
About 6,500 cherrt trees are planted along a stretch of about 20 km.

The world's longest row of cherry blossom trees



Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at the Hirosaki Park from April 23rd to May 6th. Hirosaki Park includes Hirosaki Castle constructed in 1611 and its grounds.
Predicted flowering period: late April to early May

Hirosaki Park




Hirosaki Park


Hirosaki Park




Hirosaki Park



Hirosaki Park





Hirosaki Park




Hirosaki Park

Hirosaki Park
 
Hirosaki Park(cherry blossom tunnel in the west moat)

Hirosaki Park(cherry blossom tunnel in the west moat)


Hayakakenuma Park(早掛沼公園), Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture
Predicted flowering period: late April to early May

Hayakakenuma Park


Higashi Cemetery(東霊園, Higashi Reien), Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture

Higashi Cemetery



Kasamai Ohata Cherry Road(来さまい大畑桜ロード), Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture









Ashino Park(芦野公園), Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture

Predicted flowering period: late April to early May









about 250-year-old Igawa Ipponzakura(井川の一本桜), Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture

Igawa Ipponzakura



Tamayu River(玉湯川), Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

Predicted flowering period: late March to mid April






banks of the Mitoya River(三刀屋川河川敷), Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture

Predicted flowering period: late March to late April





about 300-year-old weeping cherry at Senju-in Temple(千手院), Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
















about 660-year-old Misumi Obirazakura(三隅大平桜), Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture

It's designated as a national natural treasure.
Predicted flowering period: late March to early April

Misumi Obirazakura



about 340-year-old Danbe weeping cherry(段部の枝垂れ桜), Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture













banks of the Hii River(斐伊川), Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture
Predicted flowering period: late March to mid April

banks of the Hii River

banks of the Hii River


about 200-year-old Tennozakura(天王桜) at Ono Tsushima Jinja Shrine(小野津島神社), Kamo-
gun, Gifu Prefecture



4 comments:

  1. こんにちは! あなたのブログは大変な凄いですよ! 僕がイタリアに住すんでいますが、日本へお帰りしたい... :\

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kuronekoさん、日本語のコメントありがとう!とてもうれしいです。

      Delete
  2. As usual, your post is interesting and beautiful. It is hard to imagine a more lovely park than Hirosaki during the springtime, judging from your photos. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The park is one of Japan's 100 major cherry blossom-viewing spots. I've been to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival, but the cherry trees in the park had passed their peak.

      Delete