Friday, May 05, 2006
We have a dear, dear friend who is in Japan teaching Japanese how to speak English. She is in the north of Japan and it is hot and opressive in the summer and it snows in winter.
Last year I remember that our commercial tv news service covered the opening of the cherry blossoms in Japan, specifically Tokyo I think. This year our media have all bolted to somewhere called Beaconsfield.
In the north of Japan, perhaps a bit colder than Tokyo, the blossoms open later, and this is the week. What a magical experience. Can you believe on Monday it looked like the first picture and then the following day it looked like the next picture. I will guess it will peak on Saturday or Sunday and by the following Saturday, it will be all over and the web cam will be switched off.
The pics are in daily order, Monday through to today, Friday. Hirosake Castle dominates the scene. Click on the individual pics to see a more detailed version.