Apr
14
2012

Japan in spring: A cherry blossom paradise

Hello everybody! smilie
It’s spring time in Japan again and that means the cherry blossoms are blooming in most regions right now.
Here in Kansai they’re at their peak at the moment! smilie

I thought I should share some of my favorite cherry blossom photos that I took in the past 5 years.
Yes, it’s my 5th spring here, but it never gets boring! The beautiful cherry and plum blossoms amaze me every year again. smilie

I hope you’ll enjoy it!~smilie

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Ueno Park in Tokyo, 2008:
This photo is obviously quite old. Taken with a camera that I don’t possess anymore, so the quality is not that good. That goes for all photos of 2008-2009!
Ueno Park is so beautiful in spring, but also very crowded.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Castle in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku, 2009:
I was so lucky that year. In Shikoku the cherry blossoms were at their peak and the weather was clear as well!
For me there’s nothing more beautiful than a blue sky, cherry blossoms and a castle in the background!
Around the castle are millions of cherry blossom trees, so it’s a great hanami spot!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Central Park, Ehime, Shikoku 2009:
Ocean and cherry blossoms are also one of my favorite sceneries to take photos of!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Central Park 2009:
Cherry blossoms during sunset.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku, 2009:
The park around the “pseudo” castle was so beautiful and full of cherry blossoms. You also had a nice view on the ocean!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010:
Cherry blossoms in the rain near the A-Bomb Dome.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010:
The rainy atmosphere was just right for Hiroshima. Cherry blossoms can be beautiful even during rainy days!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Close-up of soaked cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Bridal photo shooting at Shukkeien, a Japanese-style garden in Hiroshima, 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010, taken at one of the many temples and shrines on my way to the Peace Pagoda.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Miyajima 2010:
So beautiful in spring, but even better in autumn. I went there a few times as it was rather close to where I used to live before I moved.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Miyajima 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And of course the deer enjoyed the cherry blossoms on Miyajima, too!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture 2010 is a very beautiful place in spring!
You’ll have the pink cherry blossoms and the blue ocean in the background!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Beautiful tree in Onomichi 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

The Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto (near Ginkaku-ji) 2010:
Cherry blossom paradise! Kyoto is very popular in spring!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Arashiyama in Kyoto 2010

Cherry blossoms in Japan

One of the most photographed cherry blossom trees in Kyoto, Gion (near Yasaka Shrine) 2010:
Can you see the crow that posed especially for that one photo?

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture 2011

Cherry blossoms in Japan

In front of the Miffy Exhibition on Kotohira, 2011.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Yashima, Kagawa Prefecture 2011:
Absolutely beautiful and you should go visit there no matter when!
2011 I was very unlucky and missed the cherry blossoms for the most part. They were blooming much later than usually (just like this year) and started when my vacation was about to end! :(

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Tsuyama (Okayama Prefecture) 2011

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Tsuyama (Okayama Prefecture) 2011 – same park as the picture before!
I really like the shape of that tree! :)

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan right after a typhoon. Luckily they survived.
Me too, although I was taking photos of a castle outside in the middle of the rainstorm, ahahaha~
I’m always so lucky with the weather! *sigh*

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in the castle park in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 2012:
This photo was taken 1 day after the typhoon.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Not only the typhoon harmed the blossoms. It seems like all sorts of insects like them.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And not only insects, but also squirrels it seems! *g* (sorry for the bad quality ..)

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Shizuoka 2012:
Cherry blossoms and skyscrapers. Taken from within the Shunpu Castle park.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Himeji 2012:
The castle is still under reconstruction, but there are SO many cherry blossom trees surrounding the castle.
It’s really beautiful and worth a visit!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms over the moat of Himeji castle, 2012.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms lit up around sunset.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan are often lit up at night.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And finally I’ll post a few close-ups of various cherry blossoms and probably a few plum blossoms as well.
If I actually spend some time on it I could tell them apart, but uhm .. yeah, right now I can’t!
It’s not THAT difficult though.

I hope you enjoy the following photos as well!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Light effects.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

About to bloom.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Almost there.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Simply beautiful.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

You can say what you want but cherry blossoms look the best with blue sky in the background!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Very pink.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Can you see the spider web thread?

Cherry blossoms in Japan

White and pink together = love!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And the last photo for today.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons in Japan, but recently I like autumn even better. smilie
The great thing about spring is that there are so many limited sakura (cherry blossom) related items!
Tea, snacks, sweets, body lotions! I’m obsessed with cherry blossoms and because they’re limited I can’t resist to buy some of those items!!!
How about you?

Thank you for reading / looking! smilie
I hope you enjoyed it! It always really takes me forever to post blog posts like this!

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