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