Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

Okinawa, rainy season is over, and we can enjoy paradise in the jewel islands in South Sea. Churaumi Aquarium is famous in Marine Expo Park. Watching whale shark, which has the longest breeding record of 27 years, and Manta rays swimming leisurely makes me forget the hustle and bustle of the city and stress of city life. And in this large ocean expo park, the Tropical Botanical Garden, Dream Center, is as entertaining as the Churaumi Aquarium. In this botanical garden, tropical plants bloom even outdoors, and we can watch beautiful tropical flowers and fruits outdoors and, in the greenhouse, … Continue reading Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

 Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

The most popular shrine in heart of Tokyo, Meiji Shrine, we can enjoy beutiful iris in the garden of the sheine in June. After I visited main buildings of the shrine, where I could see couple who were having wedding celemony in traditional Japanese style. After I prayed peace and happiness, then I visited the inner garden and enjoyed beautiful iris in marsh. Please enjoy my YouTube video for watching beautiful iris. Continue reading  Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

Full blooming apple blossoms

The cherry blossom season in Tokyo is over, but the apple orchards of Nagano, the apple production region, are now in full bloom of apple. It doesn’t bloom as densely as cherry blossoms, but the slightly larger white flowers spread all over the field, and the sight of them blooming against the backdrop of the mountains with remaining snow is beautiful. In the fall, it will produce delicious crimson red apples. Continue reading Full blooming apple blossoms

Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

I visited an azalea festival of Nezu Shrine, which is said to be the most beautiful shrine in Tokyo. The origin of the azaleas in this garden began when the 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted 350 years ago, and now about 3,000 azaleas of 100 varieties have been planted, making it a spring tradition in Bunkyo city. The garden created in the natural slope is wonderful, and I was able to enjoy the wonderful combination of flower colors. The history of this garden goes back to the time when 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted azareas 350 years ago, … Continue reading Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

I visited Tokaen for enjoying the wisteria of Ushijima, nearing full bloom. Let’s enjoy flower of wisteria! A wisteria in Ushijima is more than 1200 years old. It is said that it is the oldest wisteria in Japan. It is designated as a natural treasure and the Special Natural Protected Tree. The wisteria is also called nine-syaku (It is about 2m70cm in the old unit of length in Japan) wisteria and it was recorded almost 3-meter- long bunch of flowers in Meiji era. Its flowers can still drape to up to two meters. It is said that wisteria grows inflorescence … Continue reading Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

The Miharu Takizakura – Cascading waterfall cherry flowers-

The Miharu Takizakura is one of the most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan, known as one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan. Takizakura belongs a group called Benisidare (Cerasus spachiana var. pendula ‘Itosakura’). The tree is called Miharu Takizakura since growing in Taki area in Miharu town in Fukushima Prefecture. Also, Taki in Japanese means waterfall, reflecting figure of tree’s wide drooping branches around 20 meters like a cascading waterfall. The tree is considered more than 1,000 years old and designated a national treasure in 1922, one of the first designated cherry trees, and cerebrates centennial jubilee. … Continue reading The Miharu Takizakura – Cascading waterfall cherry flowers-

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