Today, the 2nd day of Xmas, New Years vacation starts in Japan. Also, Sakura for the daily photo. Read on!
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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*.
In today’s post, a brief site update and a river made of cherry blossoms!
In today’s post, some details on Japan’s favorite type of cherry blossom: someiyoshino. Don’t forget the usual free iPhone 5 wallpaper.
Their colors are bright but still they fall:—
who lasts forever in our world?—
Today I cross the peak of Transience:—
no more shallow dreams, no drunkenness
A rain of cherry blossom petals. Here is a rain that I think just about everyone can enjoy.
Walking under the cherry blossoms… walking surrounded by the cherry blossoms
There is little nicer than a river full of cherry blossoms and a traditional bridge going through them. Continue Reading →
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.
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.
A Cherry Blossom Shower for you.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
Covered might be an understatement.