In the north of Japan's main island of Honshu is the historic city of Hirosaki. Fortunately it is far from the east coast tsunami and relatively unaffected by the recent earthquake. As I do most years, I tune into the webcam in Hirosaki Park as the flowering cherry trees come into bloom. While it is the same every year, the camera has improved and it just looks so beautiful. Hirosaki is one of the prime cities for blossom viewing. The trees are pretty well at their peak today, so take a look at the controllable webcam if you like.
Here a few stills. This is from the first time I looked at the camera late last week.
The blooming progresses.
Hirosaki Castle was built in 1610 and yes it has moats. The surrounding parkland was donated to the government in 1894.