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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*.

Tokugawa’s Cherry Blossoms

Daily Photo

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 →

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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Sakura Catching Rays

Some beautiful sakura or cherry blossoms, specifically someiyoshino. They are out just catching some rays and being beautiful.

Here’s some nice someiyoshino cherry blossoms catching some rays and looking nice and beautiful, just begging for your attention. Just a few from amongst the thousands all along the river.

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Sakura Branch

Autumn is in full force, the leaves are colorful and it is getting colder every day. I was reminded the other day, however, of how many people dislike this season. Mainly, I think, because of the coming winter which is what they really don’t like. A harsh attitude, but I suppose an understandable one. So, in honor of all those who dislike the coming cold, here is what we have to look forward to in just a few months.

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Fallen Blossom

Fallen Cherry Blossoms perhaps aren’t so interesting—they all do so after only a few days, after all. How often, though, do they land like this?

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Sakura Invasion

Daily HDR Photo — Sakura Invasion

Today’s photo is a panorama view of a portion of the Oto river during cherry blossom season. Cherry blossoms (sakura) everywhere!

Sakura Invasion


As hard as it may be to believe, this is actually not the area with the most cherry blossoms, but it is the area with the fewest people, so I picked it to make the panorama.

It’s a lovely area and beautiful in the spring when the whole thing goes pink.

Lots of other sakura photos on this site. Go check them out.

Night Cherry Blossoms

Daily HDR Photo — Night Cherry Blossoms

Today’s shot is a look at some cherry blossoms at night.

Night Cherry Blossoms


At night they are called 夜桜 (yozakura). Many people prefer the cherry blossoms at night, thinking it is more romantic and that the lights make them even more beautiful. When the sky gets completely dark, they do glow nicely.

What do you think? Are they better at night or during the day?

Rows of Cherry Blossoms

Daily HDR Photo — Row of Cherry Blossoms

Today’s photo is cherry blossoms (sakura), specifically Someiyoshino, the most popular kind.

Row of Cherry Blossoms

I’ve got hundreds of shots like this. They are all beautiful, so I try to trickle them out little by little. Below are some of the previous sakura photos.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Misc Photo info

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More Sakura

3 color sakura

Mejiro on sakura branch

Pink riverside

Pink riverside

You hear about how popular Sakura (sah-ku-rah), otherwise known as Cherry Blossoms, are in Japan and nod your head, say “That’s nice”, and think you understand. But you don’t understand until you get here and see it.

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Sunset at Cherry Blossom festival

Today’s photo is a wide shot of the Oto river in Okazaki. This was taken towards the end of the blossoms, so many had already fallen. But you can still see a few on either side of the river. You can also make out the lights among them. Typically, most cities light up the blossoms at night. We call them yozakura when lit up this way. Some places go all out and use tons of lights, making the tree glow.

Sunset at cherry blossom festival

To say cherry blossoms are a big deal in Japan would be an under-statement. Every year between February and April, Japan turns white and pink. The white ones (soimeyoshino / 染井吉野 / そめいよしの) are the most popular. These bloom in late March/early April in Honshu (the main island of Japan) and line up nicely with the beginning of the school year. Because of this, many Japanese see the blossoms as the start of the new year.

The someiyoshino is actually a fairly recent variety, being developed in the mid to late 19th century. Despite this, someiyoshino have become so deeply associated with cherry blossoms that most movies and books of old Japan feature them, even though they didn’t exist at the times these works of fiction show!

As always, click on the photo for a larger version, and go to my flickr page to grab the full resolution version if you want it. Also, read more on someiyoshino and cherry blossoms in general from wikipedia.