Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cherry Blossom: Sakura

We are lucky to be here for the cherry blossom season, and Hanami ( Blossom viewing.)

“In the city fields 
Contemplating cherry-trees...
Strangers are like friends” 



Tokyo's blossom flowering was the earliest on record, due to a warm spell 2 weeks ago. ( a cold snap greeted us!! ) So the blossom while everywhere is not as thick as I saw in  2008 ,but rather light drifts of petals in the breeze and a carpet of pale pink under the  trees, almost like snow.
However further south and inland, at Nagoya it was still lush and looked fantastic when we toured Nagoya Castle, albeit in light rain.
It is such a wonderful sight and trees pop up into every view.