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Hanami – hanafubuki spells the end for 2009

I learned this week that there is a special word for the flurry of petals raining down in the breeze – 花吹雪 (hanafubuki) – which is a beautiful sight of tiny pink flakes floating down from above.  My Japanese friends especially love hanafubuki, but part of me felt that this is like celebrating the demise of the very thing that they have come to see.  (more…)

Hanami at Nagasaki Peace Park

Does this look like the centre of atomic destruction?  It was hard to imagine that these sakura, just coming out, are in the park that marks the hypocentre of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion.  Nagasaki has recovered and is now a very scenic, cosmopolitan, thriving city. (more…)

More Meguro River hanami

I’m walking home from my language class so that I can walk along the Meguro River, and all the way under the sakura canopy – around 2 or 3 kilometres. (more…)

Hanami fever hits Tokyo

This is what *EVERYONE* in Tokyo (or so it seems) has been doing today and yesterday – enjoying “hanami” (viewing the cherry blossoms).  This is Kinuta Park in Setagaya-ku (around 4 or 5 stations west of Shibuya on the Den-en Toshi Line) mid-Saturday afternoon.  (more…)

Sakura season in Nakameguro

I was at Nakameguro last night, with a few thousand of my newest Tokyo friends, to enjoy the sakura along the Meguro River now at full bloom. (more…)

Hibiya Park sakura

The problem with sakura is that they are too photogenic! (more…)

Sakura-ga-oka Sakura Namiki

Here are some photos taken tonight from my mobile phone camera of the hill leading up from Shibuya Station to the Sakura-ga-oka district – appropriately named at this time of year, with the row of cherry blossoms.  (more…)

Himuro Jinja

The weeping cherry tree at Himuro Shrine, Nara, is “mankai” – fully open today. (more…)

Nagasaki Peace Park

It’s kind of surreal to be enjoying cherry blossoms at what was the hypocentre of atomic destruction. (more…)

Sakura in Nagasaki

The cherry blossoms have started to bloom. These ones are at a shrine at the bottom of the Mt Inasa ropeway. (more…)