Viewing Cherry in Osaka Mint Bureau -Strolling under the rows of cherry trees-

After the two-year suspension due to the pandemic of the Wuhan virus, in 2022, the passage through the pathways in Osaka Mint is now resumed by taking all possible measures against the virus. Strolling under the rows of cherry trees was started based on the idea that the Director General of the Osaka Mint Bureau at the time of 1883 would enjoy the cherry blossoms on the premises with not only staff but also the local people, and now loved not only by the local people but also the people from all over world. It has been inherited to be … Continue reading Viewing Cherry in Osaka Mint Bureau -Strolling under the rows of cherry trees-

Thousands cherries in Mt. Yoshino, Mountain of Deities of cherries

Now. Mt. Yoshino, a famous place for cherry blossoms that has been respected and loved for more than 1300 years, is in full bloom. The cherry blossoms of Yoshino were worshiped more than 1300 years as a sacred tree since the founder of Shugendo, En no Gyoja, carved the main image, Zao Gongen, on the mountain cherry tree. Zaō Gongen (also spelled Zao) is one of the most important mountain deities of Japan’s syncretic Shugendō sects, a diverse tradition of mountain ascetic practices associated with Shintō beliefs. It is said that there are about 30,000 trees are planted in Yashino … Continue reading Thousands cherries in Mt. Yoshino, Mountain of Deities of cherries

Omuro-zakura in Ninna-ji temple

Ninna-ji Temple was founded by Emperor Uda in the 4th year of Ninna (888), and has been proud of its high prestige as a monzeki temple (a temple where the head priest is a member of the imperial family, mainly retired Emperor or Emperor Emeritus). Since the cherry blossoms were planted in the precincts during the temple reconstructed by rebuilding main buildings around 1646, it has become famous as Omuro cherry blossoms.  The age of Omuro cherry blossoms from that time would be exceed 360 years. The cherry trees in the temple propagated by cuttings from original trees. Most of … Continue reading Omuro-zakura in Ninna-ji temple

Yamataka Jindai Zakura, The oldest cherry tree in Japan

Yamataka Jindai Zakura is estimated around 2,000 years old and the oldest cherry tree in Japan. The tree is growing in precincts of Jissoji Temple in Hokuto city, Yamanashi prefecture. This tree is recognized as one of the “Three Great Sakura Trees” of Japan, and was designated the country’s first-ever Natural Monument as a cherry tree. Since it was in the middle of the 16th century that Jissoji temple moved to this place, the Jindai cherry has been existed much longer times in here and been respected and loved by the people here. Jindai, or Kamiyo (different pronunciation from same … Continue reading Yamataka Jindai Zakura, The oldest cherry tree in Japan

Full blossom of Cherry in Jindai Botanical Garden

Jindai Botanical Garden in Chofu-city, on the Musashino Hills, in the western suburbs of Tokyo, is one of the best botanical gardens. Cherry blossoms in full bloom welcome us here and there in the park, but Cherry Garden, where you can enjoy various varieties of cherry blossoms, is especially attractive. Among them, many people gather around the original tree of Jindai Akebono, which is expected to be successor to the most popular Somei-yoshino, because of its excellent properties, and admire its beauty appearance. There is an interesting story of the name of this Jindai-akebono. It is a famous story that … Continue reading Full blossom of Cherry in Jindai Botanical Garden

I have enjoyed full blooming cherry in Ueno Park

Now, the best season for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Speaking of cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo, it is Ueno Park. And Somei-yoshino is the most popular and representing Japanese cherry blossoms. Ueno Park is located northeast of the former Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace) and was originally the vast precincts of Kan’eiji Temple. After the Boshin Civil War (1868) in the early Meiji era, it was reconstructed as Japan’s first public park.Since the Edo era, the precincts of Kaneiji Temple, woods of Ueno, was a famous place for cherry blossom viewing.  And it has not been changed and … Continue reading I have enjoyed full blooming cherry in Ueno Park

Beginning of cherry season in Tokyo, Shinjuku-Gyoen

In Tokyo, although the temperature rises and falls sharply on cold days with sleet, on the relatively sunny spring equinox day, I went to Shinjuku Gyoen, where the cherry blossoms are now start in best blooming time. Early-blooming varieties such as Yoko or Higan varieties are in full bloom. Takato Kohigan is a rare variety in Tokyo. Kohigan represents varieties that bloom small flowers around the spring equinox. Takto-kohigan, Takato is derived from Takato Town, Nagano Prefecture, the hometown of the Naito clan, feudal lord in Edo era, the original owner of this garden. Somei-yoshino cherry tree is also beginning … Continue reading Beginning of cherry season in Tokyo, Shinjuku-Gyoen

I have enjoyed the early blooming cherry blossom in Kawadzu

In the hometown of Kawazu cherry, popular early-blooming cherry, often seen in also Tokyo, I enjoyed blossom viewing a little earlier. It seems that this year is more than a week behind last year, it was the earliest cherry blossoms season, but the original tree of this variety has been just in full bloom. Large, slightly purplish-scarlet flowers bloom in a slightly downward inflorescence looks like ball. The color of the flowers and the early blooming that blooms downward are considered to be the influence of the Taiwan cherry (Cerasus campanulata), and the large size of flower is coming from … Continue reading I have enjoyed the early blooming cherry blossom in Kawadzu

False anemone in Tonogayato garden

Still, we are having the hottest days, I visited Tonogayato garden and was relieved by a pretty flower of false anemone (Anemonopsis macrophylla, Japanese name Renge-syoma). This plant blooms pale lavender color flower looks like anemone or spring ephemeral in middle of hot summer. The garden is not so large but attractive garden featuring three different types of landscape using unique natural terrain as edge of the Musashino plateau. This place was used as a villa of founder of Mitsubishi zaibatu, Iwasaki family and well-designed of combination of western style landscape garden and Japanese traditional garden of strolling around pond. … Continue reading False anemone in Tonogayato garden

Tanabata, Star Festival in Kamakura

I visited Kamakura in Tanabata, Star Festival, which was a just brief stop middle of the rainy season. The hydrangea was past its peak, but I felt summer in the occasional sunlight on the Tanabata decoration. Kamakura is not so large, but this time I visited around the main popular tourist spots efficiently with a one-day free ticket called an “environmental permit” that allows free rides on some sections of the bus and Enoden railway in center of Kamakura. Kamakura is located one hour railway travel from heart of Tokyo, suitable one day trip from Tokyo. Continue reading Tanabata, Star Festival in Kamakura