Cherry blossoms outside our apartment building.


Hanami (flower watching) season has arrived in Aomori.  All across the prefecture cherry blossoms have exploded and the people are celebrating their spectacular arrival.  To me observing a single tree in full bloom is like watching an explosion of color in bullet time.  It’s dramatic and inviting but you know it’s too cool to last for much longer.  Sure enough, in about a week or so all of the glorious petals dotting the landscape will float to the earth like snow.

Although you can find cherry blossoms all over Japan, it turns out the best place to see them is at a park in Hirosaki City — a place that takes us about an hour and a half to get to by train.  People from all over Japan flock to Hirosaki every year to snap photos, eat festival food from street vendors, and party.  We went today when the blossoms just happened to reach their peak.  It turned out to be a cloudy day but we had no reason to complain.  It was still stunning.

Here are a few photos.  If some of them look familiar, it’s because we went to Hirosaki Park in November for a chrysanthemum festival.   It may be worth your while to check out that earlier post and compare it to how the park looks during this time of year.

outside the park

moat around outside of park

Hirosaki Castle

Mt. Iwaki

reserving places for nightime sakura viewing

Oh, and as you may have guessed, we took more photos than this.  You can find them on our Flickr page by clicking here.


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One Response to “Sakura”

  1. sarah austad Says:

    You probably don’t remember this but I was in DC in 1968 and saw the cherry blossoms in full force. It was gorgeous. I’ll never forget it. What a great experience for you both. Dad says hi. We’re teaching in the same building today…just like old times.

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