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Someiyoshino (染井吉野), or Yoshino Cherry, are the most popular kind of cherry blossoms in Japan, accounting for 80–90% of all cherry blossoms in the country

Someiyoshino is actually a relatively new cultivar. It is an artifical crossing of *oshimazakura* and *edohigan*, thought to have originated around 1720–1735 in Edo (Tokyo).

In the late Edo period, they were grown mainly in the village of Somei, Edo. They called the blossoms *yoshinozakura*, but in 1900 they were renamed *someiyoshino*.

The Cherry Path

This is from last year, a preview of what we will be seeing in about two months or so, with luck. Cherry Blossoms!! Various other kinds start blooming soon (The kawazuzakura near me are already starting to bud), but the main attraction are the someiyoshino, and they don’t bloom till April.

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Sakura Carpet

This is from towards the end of the cherry blossom viewing season. Just look at that ground. Maybe it’s not quite thick enough to be a carpet, but there are quite a lot of fallen petals there.

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Under Sakura Cover

From Iga River, from around the same place I took this one if memory serves, but facing in the opposite direction and on a different day. We only had a handful of days before the sakura all showered down, and I was there for each one.

This was around 5pm so the light was sinking. Given the way the trees cover the river, this created shadows everywhere, which made this really hard to take even using HDR. I’m not entirely happy with the result, but it does do a good job showing how awesome this river looked.

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Daily Photo: Lonely Hanami [107/365]

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Can it still be considered hanami (blossom viewing party) if you are by yourself? Either way, this guy seemed to be enjoying them. They were really showering down like crazy on the day I took this. Just look at the ground. Continue Reading →

A Blizzard of Sakura

This may not be the best photo in the world, but I really wanted to capture the falling sakura petals. In Japanese, it’s called Sakura Fubuki (桜吹雪), which means Cherry Blossom Blizzard and it is incredibly beautiful to watch, especially when you are in an area with hundreds of trees—the entire sky turns white and it really does look like a blizzard.

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Sakura Covered River II

Another photo from Iga River, the river I discovered a week ago that is covered by sakura (cherry blossoms) for about 8kms (5 miles). Go see part 1. This time I took the photo from a little below the blossoms so you can see the tunnel effect they created.

There is a small local business off to the side that sells 10 yen manju, these are sweets filed with red bean paste. Good snacks. It was super busy there with huge lines—I bet they made good money this week. After buying a few of them, everyone would come out to eat them under the blossoms.

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Tokugawa’s Cherry Blossoms

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The big guy, Tokugawa Ieyasu, striking a pose in front of some cherry blossoms. For those who don’t know, Ieyasu was the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns, the de facto rulers of Japan for 250 or so years starting in 1603. He was born in Okazaki so he’s kind of popular around here. Continue Reading →

River Boat & Sakura

Viewing the sakura (cherry blossoms) from a riverboat.

The sakura (cherry blossoms) are at 100% this weekend, so I’m about to run out the door to photo more before they start falling. They may linger for a few weeks, but we only have a handful of days of full bloom before they start falling, so there’s no time to waste in photoing them.

At any rate, this photo below was taken yesterday. I wanted to capture that traditional river boat floating along. The boat is a very popular way of viewing the blossoms. It’s ¥1000 (about 10 bucks) to go up and down the river—maybe about 20 minutes. Must be a great view!

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Daily Photo: Cherry Blossoms & Hanami [71/365]

A ground of folks enjoying some hanami, that is, a cherry blossom viewing party.

Some more cherry blossoms from last year to take everyone’s minds off the earthquake for a few minutes. You can see here a group of folks having hanami, or a cherry blossom viewing party. Hanami is very popular. Many businesses will even arrange for a hanami party for all employees. Usually they involve some traditional seasonal snacks and lots of sake.

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Fist Full of Sakura

Another photo of everyone’s favorite spring flower. These things don’t last long—a few days to a week, maybe a few weeks if the conditions are perfect—which Japanese philosophy tells us only adds to their beauty. The river where I took this has hundreds of cherry blossom trees (the city claims over a thousand); even with so many, it is crowded as heck most of the time due to everyone in the city coming out to see them.

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