Friday, May 05, 2006

Japan blossoms

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.


  1. Anonymous12:07 pm

    Wow, the cam really captures the blossoms in all their glory! You can kind of get how wonderful it is to walk among them.
    Hirosaki is the place to be at the moment - we have been swamped by tourists from all over Japan; partly because of a recent national survey which declared that Hirosaki is the best place to view the blossoms in Japan.
    The mountain you can see poking behind the pine trees is none other than our beloved Mt Iwaki. It is a dormant volcano that dominates the skyline of Hirosaki and the surrounding countryside.

  2. Anonymous9:54 pm

    Amazing! Really reminds me of spring back home in Canada. One day you will just notice little green buds on the trees, and before you know it everything will be in full bloom. Truly cool.

  3. Mount Iwaki? Australian Broadcasting Corporation has an Iwaki auditorium in it's main building. But I think it was name after an ex conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

    Jessie, it never seems to happen so dramatically in Australia, perpahps because the plants don't go properly to sleep for the winter. We need a bit of snow. Hang on, no we don't need snow, thanks.


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