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    • So the above picture are Seafront Sakura flowers,

      Withstand Salty Sea breeze near Seafront.

      Single layer Petals White with Little Pinkish Colour at the centre.

      This are rear Sakura, photo taken from Kagoshima Dolphin Port.

      We went there for our lunch.

    • http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2011_species.html



      Cherry Tree Varieties

      There are over one hundred cherry tree varieties in Japan. A few of them are wild varieties native to Japan's forests, such as the Yamazakura, but the large majority of them have been cultivated by humans over the centuries for decorative use in gardens and parks. By far the most popular cherry tree variety today is the particularly pretty, cultivated Somei Yoshino.

      There are several characteristics differentiating the many cherry tree varieties. Some of the obvious ones, that can also be easily recognized by beginners, are listed below:

      Number of petals

      Most wild trees, but also a lot of cultivated tree varieties, have blossoms with five petals. However, some species have blossoms which consist of ten, twenty or more petals. Trees with blossoms of more than five petals are called yaezakura.


      5 petals 
      (e.g. Somei Yoshino)
      about 20 petals 
      (e.g. Ichiyo)
      about 100 petals 
      (e.g. Kikuzakura)


      Color of the blossoms

      Most varieties produce light pink to white blossoms, but there are also cherry trees with dark pink, yellow or green blossoms. Furthermore, the color of some varieties' cherry blossoms may change while they are in bloom. For example, a blossom may open as a white flower and change color to pink over the course of a few days.


      white blossoms 
      (e.g. Shogetsu)
      pink blossoms 
      (e.g. Kanzan)
      yellow blossoms 
      (e.g. Ukon)


      The fresh leaves

      In case of early blooming trees, the fresh leaves usually do not appear until after full bloom, which gives the trees an attractive, homogeneous look while they are in full bloom. In case of later blooming trees, the leaves usually appear before the blossoms, giving the trees a more heterogeneous look. Furthermore, the color of the fresh leaves differs between the varieties. In most cases, the fresh leaves are green, coppery brown, or something in between.

      Time of blooming

      Most cherry tree varieties carry blossoms in spring. Yaezakura, i.e. cherry trees with blossoms of more than five petals, are typically the last ones to open their blossoms, with blooming periods about two to four weeks after most five-petaled species. Some extreme varieties bloom in late autumn and during the winter months. Read more about when cherry trees are in bloom.

      Form of the tree

      Cherry trees display various growing habits and come in different shapes and forms: triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped, etc. Weeping cherry trees are called shidarezakura.

      Most common cherry tree varieties


      Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry) Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April Cultivated during the Edo Period in Tokyo, the Somei Yoshino is by far the most numerous cherry tree in Japan. Somei Yoshino trees come with slightly pink, almost white, 5-petaled blossoms. Their appearance is particularly intense thanks in part to the fact that their fresh leaves do not emerge until after the peak of the flowering season.



      Yamazakura Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April The yamazakura is the most common cherry tree variety of Japan that actually grows wildly in nature as opposed to cultivars such as the Somei Yoshino. Its blossoms are slightly pink and have five, relatively small petals. The Yamazakura's fresh leaves develop at the same time as the blossoms, giving the tree a somewhat less intense look than the Somei Yoshino.



      Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry) Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April Weeping cherry trees have drooping branches and are among the most common and beloved cherry trees in Japan. There are two types: trees with blossoms of five petals and trees with blossoms of more than five petals. The latter are called Yaeshidarezakura and bloom about a week later than the 5-petaled ones.


      Some early flowering cherry tree varieties


      Kanzakura Average blooming period in Tokyo: late February to mid March The Kanzakura is among the first cherry trees to bloom. It is encountered only in relatively small numbers in some city parks where they surprise and delight visitors with their early blooming schedule.



      Kawazuzakura Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid March Named after Kawazu Town on the Izu Peninsula, where the tree variety was originally cultivated, the Kawazuzakura is among the earliest flowering cherry trees. Large numbers of them bloom during the cherry blossom festival in Kawazu which is held annually in late February and early March. The tree is less common in other parts of Japan.



      Kanhizakura Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid to late March This tree with its dark pink, bell shaped flowers is native to Taiwan and Okinawa where it blooms as early as January and February. In the parks of Tokyo it is not usually in bloom until mid March, but still among the earliest blooming varieties.


      Some late flowering cherry tree varieties


      Ichiyo Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid April The Ichiyo has about twenty, light pink petals per blossom, and its fresh leaves are green. It is among the most common, late flowering cherry varieties encountered in Japan's parks and gardens.



      Ukon Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid April The Ukon has about 10-20 petals per blossom and coppery leaves. Ukon trees are easily recognized by their blossoms' characteristic, yellowish color.



      Kanzan Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid to late April Among the many yaezakura varieties, the Kanzan is one of the most common. One Kanzan blossom consists of as many as 30-50 pink petals. The fresh leaves are coppery brown.



      Fugenzo Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid to late April The Fugenzo is a late blooming yaezakura with about 30-40 petals per blossom. White to slightly pink when they open, the blossoms turn into a darker pink over time. The fresh leaves are coppery brown.



      Shogetsu Average blooming period in Tokyo: mid to late April The Shogetsu is a late blooming yaezakura with relatively large, white blossoms of about 20-30 petals. The fresh leaves are green.



      Kikuzakura (Chrysanthemum Cherry) Average blooming period in Tokyo: late April, early May The Kikuzakura has as many as one hundred petals per blossom! It is also one of the latest blooming trees. In fact, by the time the blossoms are in bloom, the fresh leaves have already developed almost completely and are somewhat hiding the blossoms.



      Jugatsuzakura (Autumn Cherry) Average blooming period in Tokyo: October to January and spring The Jugatsuzakura (literally "October Cherry") is one of the varieties that bloom in the autumn and winter. The flowers are small and sparse, but provide a surprising sight in combination with fall colorsor snow.

      Edited by kinwashi 23 Apr `16, 8:10PM
    • The above pictures which i took the Sakura Flowers.

      From this same place  on that day, where we had our lunch and dinner over here.


      dolphinport_02.jpgTop > Talk of the Town

      Dolphin-Port Shopping Mall

      Dolphin Port is a bayside shopping complex that offers a great view of Mount Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.


      Situated close to Tenmonkan, the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, and the Kagoshima City Aquarium, the highly popular Dolphin Port is not only accessible but it also offers free hot spring foot bath for travellers to refresh themselves.


      A wide array of stores selling special local products and sundries, café, barbeque restaurants, French dining, Japanese cuisine, Sushi, Ramen noodles, can be found here.


      Edited by kinwashi 24 Apr `16, 6:59PM
    • What about viewing Sakura Flowers at Night?


    • The above Night Sakura picture I took after our dinner at Midi Soleil French Fine dining at Dolphin Port. Kagoshima.

      This restaurant was recommeded by one of  my friend, die die also must try when you are here at Kagoshima.


      ミディ ソレイユ ミディ ソレイユの写真


      11:30~14:00 オーダーストップ
      17:30~21:00 オーダーストップ









      フロアマップ   フロアマップへ
      Copyright (c) 2005 Kagoshima Water Front co. All Right Reserved.
      Edited by kinwashi 25 Apr `16, 8:17PM
    • 本格フレンチレストラン「ミディソレイユ」※ All prices are tax-inclusive price. Service charge is not received. 

      ※ The photograph of the menu is an image. Dishes are subject to change by the ingredients and season of the day.

      Special menu

      Midi Soleil chef himself was carefully selected material 
      full course of full-scale French
      Lunch 6,000 yen (tax included) 
      Dinner 15,000 yen (tax included)
      Mother's Day special lunch → detail
      ¥ 3,240 (tax included)
      Golden Week dinner → detail
      7,000 yen (tax included)
      Canadian lobster Fair → detail
      Day and night common 7,000 yen (tax included)
      Winemaker Dinner → detail
      7,000 yen (tax included)
      Now I know the Japanese wine! ! Winemaker Dinner
      Party Plan  → detail
      Midi Soleil course 5,000 yen (tax included) (with free drinks) / 
      Japanese beef fillet steak and foie gras course 7,000 yen (tax included) (with free drink)
      Organizations like celebration plan  → detail
      10,000 yen (tax included)
      Cooking, drink 
      it will be considered as available in the ※ 10 people or more.
      table manners plan  → detail
      ¥ 4,320 (tax included)  

      Midi Soleil lunchLunch menu
      6,000 yen (tax included)
      Full course of full-scale French that Midi Soleil chef himself was carefully selected material
      Gerhard Please courses  → Details
      2,500 yen (tax included)
      Appetizer, soup, main dish, dessert To
      Soleil course  → detail
      3,500 yen (tax included)
      Appetizer, soup, fish dishes, meat dishes, desserts

      Midi Soleil dinnerDinner menu
      15,000 yen (tax included)
      Full course of full-scale French that Midi Soleil chef himself was carefully selected material
      Sommelier selection 
      dinner → detail
      7,000 yen (tax included)
      Two sommelier of wine and food 
      is a course that has a selection of marriage to the theme. 
      Course meal, a glass of wine four
      Etoile course → detail
      5,000 yen (tax included)
      Soup fish dishes, meat dishes, desserts
      Camille course → detail
      10,000 yen (tax included)
      Camille course of cook-Uegaki Motokachi recommended spring
      Gourmand course → detail
      12,000 yen (tax included)
      Full course from appetizer to dessert
      Memorial Dinner course
      Preserved Flower Course (2 persons) 21,600 yen (including tax) 
      Memorial cake course (2 persons) 21,600 yen (tax included)

      Copyright (C) Kuu dining. All Rights Reserved.

      Edited by kinwashi 25 Apr `16, 8:05PM
    • We came here because we hear about this famous reowned Chef from Kagoshima.

      We came to support him and to taste his foods.

      The result Excellent

      The price very cheap,  for the foods we pay and the service of his staffs we rated them five Stars.


      Chef photo
      In Kagoshima, great ingredients of nationally acclaimed Kagoshima unique There are many.While thanks to the bounty of nature, we would like to provide the food and service to full-hearted who can impress plenty of use customers such local ingredients. In addition, we will strive to Dolphin port becomes the epicenter of a new food culture of Kagoshima brand. We look forward to your visit of everyone. 

      Koo dining General Producer 
      original wins Uegaki


      • 1950 Kagoshima Prefecture, was born.
      • 1974 Single Dobotoke. Paris and Geneva, "Le Duc", "Alan Chapelle" of Lyon, trained in "pick" of Valence.
      • Gran chef of 1981 Kobe Portopia Hotel "Alan Chapelle" serve 10 years. Training in the meantime, "Troisgros" "Jamin".
      • 1992 Huis Ten Bosch Hotels Managing Director chef and serve the hotel Europe general manager. During this time training in New York of first-class restaurants, "Daniel," "percentile". (January 2009 Huis Ten Bosch Hotels left the company) meter Kyuijinie de France Association appointed an honorary member.
      • Awarded the Agricultural Merit chapter Chevalier since 2003 in France.
      • Yamagataya group French cuisine at Kagoshima 2005 "Midi-Soleil" and "Porutokasa" produce.
      • 2007 "Nagasaki Prefectural Museum of Art Cafe" produced.
      • 2008 Co., Ltd. Office Camille establishment. Representative Director."Patisserie Camille" opened in Nagasaki. It serves as the owner and chef.
      • 2011 Saga "ONCRI" producer inauguration. Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch specialties adviser.
      • 2012 (company) Japan Escoffier Association (Association of French cuisine chef) he became vice-president. Hotel Agoura group cuisine supervision.
      • 2013 Satsuma ambassador appointed.
      • Yamagataya 1 Building 7th floor at Kagoshima 2015 "Bistro Le Dome" produce.


      "French cuisine of the Spirits," "The source of this" and many other 
      NHK "dish of the day" Lecturer 
      Nagasaki International University lecturer 
      Hamamatsu, Osaka, Tokushima and Fukuoka each Culinary Institute lecturer 
      currently, of the various competitions to be held in the country jury the serve.

      Copyright (C) 2010 Kuu dining. All Rights Reserved.

    • This is what we order for our Dinner at Dolphin Port Kagoshima Midi Soliel French Restaurant..

      For Spring this recommedation.

      Four sets of this for that night.

      Just only 10,000 yen each.


      ミディソレイユ カミーユコース

      Edited by kinwashi 27 Apr `16, 9:26PM
    • So take note of my recommedation.

      If you got a chance to go there, remember this place Kin told.

      Die die you must try. maybe you can try their  range for twwo  Memorial dinner menu.

      26,000 yen for two person tax included.

      Midi Soleil dinnerDinner menu
      15,000 yen (tax included)
      Full course of full-scale French that Midi Soleil chef himself was carefully selected material
      Sommelier selection 
      dinner → detail
      7,000 yen (tax included)
      Two sommelier of wine and food 
      is a course that has a selection of marriage to the theme. 
      Course meal, a glass of wine four
      Etoile course → detail
      5,000 yen (tax included)
      Soup fish dishes, meat dishes, desserts
      Camille course → detail
      10,000 yen (tax included)
      Camille course of cook-Uegaki Motokachi recommended spring
      Gourmand course → detail
      12,000 yen (tax included)
      Full course from appetizer to dessert
      Memorial Dinner course
      Preserved Flower Course (2 persons) 21,600 yen (including tax) 
      Memorial cake course (2 persons) 21,600 yen (tax included)
    • The dinner had no time frame,

      No rushing this is what we liked.

      Slowly you eat as you like,

      French breads free keep coming no restriction,

      They served you until you say no.

      Than the main course and slowly each and every come slowly not rushing you at all.

      The service and the attitude of the staff over in Kagoshima.

      Example over here.

      Not the same.

      Table must  turned fastest chased you out and finished fast,


      Then they can  make more money  for the restaurants over here.

        what time we went there?

      Appointment at 8pm we finished at 11pm still they are happily serving us.

      The below Night Sakura we went down and took this picture is about 11.45pm.

      before we went back to the hotel for the night.


      Edited by kinwashi 27 Apr `16, 9:43PM
    • Tokyo Cheapo’s Tips for Avoiding the Golden Week Crowd in Tokyo

      golden week madness train station crowds tokyo

      This article by Tiffany first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo.

      Golden Week refers to a cluster of holidays from late April to early May:

      Showa Day (April 29), referring to the previous emperor’s birthday;
      Constitution Memorial Day (May 3);
      Greenery Day (May 4); and
      Children’s Day (May 5).

      The gaps in between mean that you never really get a literal week of holidays. If you’re lucky, though, the first holiday will fall exactly on a Friday (leaving only Monday as a regular day), as is what will happen in 2016.

      In any case, for many professionals, this sounds like a great time to take a vacation. Doesn’t it?

      Sure, but… that’s what everyone else is thinking as well, which means that, during this time, roads, expressways, and trains meant for long-distance travel are congested; plane and bus tickets get sold out easily; hotels get fully booked quickly (and prices are high); and you can expect crowds at most tourist spots. Many Japanese professionals are so busy that even though they have paid holidays, they either don’t or can’t really use them, so public holidays are the best chances for them to travel. Some avoid the Golden Week crowd by traveling overseas, though.

      golden week madness train station crowds tokyo
      This photo was aptly titled, “This is Golden Week.” | Photo by Chris Gladis used under CC

      If you want to take the risk and go to Japan’s major tourist spots at about the same time as everyone else, by all means, go ahead—especially if this is also one of the rare times that you can travel. But if you want to enjoy Golden Week in Japan while avoiding the crowd, stay right where you are! This might be a good time to explore Tokyo — even if you’re a long-term …CONTINUE READING

    • Spring come to Japan,

      Don't anyhow Chiong.

      There are plenty flowers to see.

      From far like this picture below look like Sakura pink colour.

      But go closer and take a look carefully.

      Got fooled not Sakura Flowers


    • source,

      JAPAN Monthly Web Magazine


      How to “Hanami”

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      “Hanami (cherry blossom viewing)” in Japan often involves a picnic party to enjoy cherry blossoms as well as food and drinks. People have a Hanami party with friends, family or colleagues under the cherry tree and have fun. It seems the dazzling cherry blossoms in full bloom make many people get higher than usual. But there are manners and a certain way to have a Hanami party. And a good preparation may help you to enjoy the party even more. Why not enjoy spring in the Japanese way.

      Must-have items for Hanami party

      Having a Hanami party among Japanese may become an experience you will never forget. You will find below the must-have items to fully enjoy Hanami party. Most of them can be purchased at 100 yen shops. 

      Hanami party goods sold at 100 yen shops

      Picnic sheet

       A typical picnic sheet in Japan is a plastic sheet. It will be better to get larger one so that you will have enough space to place food and drinks.

      Portable floor-cushion / Folding chair

       If the ground is wet or uneven, your bottom may get cold or sore sitting on a picnic sheet. A zabuton, a small thin floor-cushion, or a small folding chair will help you to sit comfortably.

      Garbage bag

       You need to take the garbage away with you when the party is over. It is better to bring a little more garbage bags than you think you need.

      Disposable body warmer

       It is still chilly during the cherry blossom season which is from mid-March through early April. A body warmer is a must-have item for a Hanami party. The iron powder inside the warmer produces heat. One type of body warmer is to be held in the hand to get warmth and another type has adhesive and placed it on the underwear to keep your back warm.

      Paper cups, Paper plates & Disposable chopsticks

       Paper cups, paper plates and disposable wooden chopsticks are very useful when having a party outside as they are cheap and light.

      Wet wipes/tissues

       Wet wipes to clean your hands, etc. are called wet tissues in Japan. They are useful to clean your hands or clothes when you drop or spill food on your clothe as there may not be water readily available near where you have a Hanami party.

      Bottle opener / Wine opener

       You will need a bottle opener or a wine opener to open a bottle of soft drinks, wine or other alcohol beverages.

      Items for a serious Hanami party

      Straw mat

       Use a straw mat instead of a plastic picnic sheet. As a straw mat is thicker than a plastic sheet, the wet or uneven ground will not bother you much.
      Goza mat
      A goza mat (straw mat) is not made of plastic. It is a thin mat made of the same material as that of tatami.

      Packable wine glasses

       Most of compactly-packable wine glasses are made of plastic. As they will not be broken even if you drop them, they are ideal to drink wine outdoor. They are for those who want to drink wine from a glass and not from a paper cup.

      Wine bag

       It is designed to carry a bottle of wine. It is available in a variety of colors and designs.

      Battery-type hand warmer

      As it is powered by a rechargeable battery, it is reusable. Many of them available in the market are small enough to fit in your hand.

      Manners for Hanami party and things you should know

      Reserve a picnic spot on a first-come- first-served basis

      It is a common practice to reserve a picnic spot in advance by spreading a picnic sheet. Sometimes the spot where only a sheet is left spread may not be taken as reserved. In that case, someone needs to be on the spot till the party starts. And reserving a larger space than you need is not a good manner.

      Check if Hanami party is allowed beforehand

      It is not that a picnic party is allowed everywhere. There are places, including parks and campuses, where a party is not allowed even if there are many cherry trees. Please make sure if it is allowed beforehand on the website or by contacting them.

      Do not leave the garbage behind

      Most of the sites for Hanami do not have garbage bins in place. You must not leave the garbage behind. Please try to minimize the amount of garbage and be sure to take the garbage with you to where you are staying.

      Be sure to have items to keep you warm

      It is still chilly in the cherry blossom season. It may get colder especially in the evening. Be sure to take disposable body warmers, a blanket and/or a jacket with you.

      Find a toilet

      Please note that there will be a long line in front of a toilet at the Hanami sites. And some of the sites have no toilet. You’d better find a nearby toilet beforehand. Although many of convenience stores will let you use the toilet, it is not a good manner to use the toilet without buying anything. Something cheap like a pack of chewing gum or a bottle of tea is just fine, so please be sure to buy something. It is a nice way to show your appreciation.

      Get a Hanami bento at a department store

       Get food for a Hanami party at the basement food floor of department store
      If you want to enjoy food at a Hanami party, Hanami bento is recommended. The bento for Hanami looks pretty as the colorful ingredients like carrot is cut in the shape of a cherry blossom petal. And as vegetables and fishes in season are used, you will be able to enjoy the taste of spring in Japan. The basement food floor of department store is a good place to get a Hanami bento. You will find all sorts of food from Japanese to Western and many shops have a few types of Hanami bento. As there are so many choices, you will have a trouble choosing one.

      Hanami bento from major department stores (Isetan Shinjuku & Daimaru Tokyo)

       Isetan Shinjuku is closely located to Shinjuku-sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro line. Quite a few stores are found on the basement food floor and a wide variety of Hanami bento from a luxurious bento which is priced at about 5,000 yen to a healthy bento with lots of vegetables is available. As a park called Shinjuku-gyoen National Garden where there are 1,300 cherry trees is close to Isetan Shinjuku, you can have a Hanami party there. But please note that no alcohol beverage is allowed in the park.
      *Hanami-zushi set with Fukutsui / Available from March 20 through early April.

       Daimaru Tokyo, next to Tokyo Station, also has a good basement food floor. You will find not only bento but also a rich selection of cheese and wine . As there are dessert shops on the 1st floor, you can find a dessert too. You can go to Ueno Park by train from Tokyo Station. The park is about a 2-minute walk away from Ueno Station. A total of 2 million people come to the park for cherry blossom viewing. You will see many people having a party on a picnic sheet. When the sun sets, about 1,300 lanterns are lit up so that you can enjoy Hanami also in the evening.
      *Tender stem broccoli bara-chirashi (mixed sushi) with Shiretoko-zushi / Available from March 1 through April 10.

      Edited by kinwashi 29 Apr `16, 7:04PM
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    • Look at the Oyster from Japan.

      That we savour this,

      how fresh and how big the size.

      Can you find this in Singapore.


    • One index size Oyster.

    • Ok ....Hiroshima Oysters we will cover this later.

      We will go back to Sakura coverage from Japan.

      How to see Sakura and the knowledges.

      Edited by kinwashi 03 May `16, 7:53PM
    • I was told by some kaki that never joined us,

      Stay put over here in Singapore during that period when we are at Japan.

      They whatsapp me with some infomation  that over here,

      Also got Cherry Blossom  in the Glass Dome,

      Why need to fly so far and so long period stayed to see Sakura over in Japan.


      What my answer to them.

      This what we are seeing below with large scale natural,

      Those few Sakura trees buy and imported,  how can compare like what we saw over here in Japan. Are they the same. 

      Like the below.


      Want to see beautiful cherry blossom? Here is the info for you!

      Cherry blossom blooms everywhere in Japan. However, there are some famous cherry trees and viewing spots that you should not miss. Some of them are in urban areas, others are in remote areas which are not easy to access. YOKOSO Japan Tour takes you to both places conveniently and comfortably.

      Kawazu Sakura―Early Blooming Variety
      Kawazu sakura is an early cherry blossom variety that blooms from the mid February to the mid March in Kawazu, Shizuoka Prefecture(Izu Peninsula).
      Kawazu sakura has large and deep pink petals, which is as popular as the most common variety someiyoshino that blooms a bit later. Kawazu Sakura
      Three Great Cherry Trees of Japan
      The “Three Great Cherry Trees of Japan” are three individual cherry trees that have lived for many years. Although they stand alone, they are stunningly beautiful.

      Miharu Taki Sakura(三春滝桜)

      Variety: Shidare sakura(枝垂桜)
      Location: Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture
      Blooming info etc

      Neodani Usuzumi Sakura(根尾谷淡墨桜)

      Variety: Edohigan sakura(江戸彼岸桜)
      Location: Motosu, Gifu Prefecture
      Blooming info etc

      Yamataka Jindai Sakura(山高神代桜)

      Variety: Edohigan sakura(江戸彼岸桜)
      Location: Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
      Blooming info etc

      Three Great Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots of Japan
      The "Three Great Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots of Japan" are three places where hundreds and thousands of cherry trees bloom at the same time, creating the most gorgeous and impressive views.

      Takato Castle Park(高遠城址公園)

      Variety: Takato kohigan sakura(高遠小彼岸桜)
      Location: Ina, Nagano Prefecture
      About 1,500 trees
      Blooming info etc

      Mt Yoshino(吉野山)

      Variety: Shiroyama sakura(白山桜)
      Location: Yoshino, Nara Prefecture
      About 30,000 trees
      Blooming info etc

      Hirosaki Park(弘前公園)

      Variety: Someiyoshino(染井吉野)etc.
      Location: Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture
      About 2,600 trees
      Blooming info etc
      Tokyo & Osaka’s Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
      We have chosen ten best cherry blossom viewing spots of Tokyo and Osaka. 
      These spots are beautiful and easy to access from the city centres.

      Tokyo’s 10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

      Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, Yoyogi Park, Meiji-jingu Gaien,Megurogawa, Roppongi Hills Mohri Garden, Rikugien Garden, Hamarikyu Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

      Osaka’s 10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

      Osaka Mint Bureau, Kema-Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Castle Park, Satsukiyama Park, Expo Commemoration Park, Yamanakadani, Settsukyo Park, Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park, Oizumi Ryokuchi Park,Ooiseki Park

      Want to know blooming dates? Check cherry blossom forecasts!
      The cherry blossom blooming time varies each year. If you want to see beautiful cherry blossoms, then check the cherry blossom forecasts first. Many institutions forecast blooming dates for various regions and you can get them on their websites. You can also get them at tourist offices by phone. Usually cherry blossom becomes in full bloom about one week after the blooming date. If you want to join cherry blossom tours, contact us at any time, please. We will take you to the best viewing spots around Japan!


      Edited by kinwashi 04 May `16, 10:21PM
    • Over the Glass Dome can you see this?

      My answer sended over to  Singapore replied back to them my other Kakis.

       Sound of the Silence Immediately.


      Edited by kinwashi 04 May `16, 10:42PM
    • So this is the Power Of Sakura.


      Why Japan Loves Sakura

              posted by John Spacey, February 05, 2015

      It's no exaggeration to say that cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, are Japan's national passion. But why? How did sakura rise to become Japan's national symbol? How did hanami become the country's favorite past time?

      Plum Blossoms Are Too Cold

      Like so many things — it all started in ancient China. Since antiquity, plum blossoms have been a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring in China. This appreciation for plum trees made it's way to Japan through contacts at the diplomatic level (between imperial courts).As early as the 8th century (Nara period), Japan's Emperor held lavish plum blossom viewing parties each year. The only problem — plums typically bloom in February. Japan's February weather is far too cold for a flower viewing party.Sakura trees are indigenous to Japan. By the 9th century (Heian period) sakura were the more popular choice for flower viewing. Sakura bloom in pleasant spring weather.Over the years, sakura trees have been selectively cultivated that are likely to bloom with the start of the Japanese spring.

      From the Emperor to the Samurai

      It didn't take long for Sakura viewing parties to trickle down from the Emperor to Japan's feudal lords. Even the Samurai got in the act.

      Hanami and the People

      Hanami parties really took off in the Edo era (1603 to 1868). The Edo-era was a long period of relative political stability and economic growth in Japan. Roads were built, farms became more productive and (limited) international trade flourished.Festivals and events such as hanami were key to keeping the increasingly affluent merchants and farmers happy.

      Sakura and Buddhism

      Mono no aware (物の哀れ) is a Japanese Buddhist concept that recognizes the impermanence of life. Sakura bloom in glowing color and then fall to the ground within a week. They are a reminder to many Japanese of mono no aware. People feel a gentle sadness for the fall of sakura petals.Sakura have been a popular topic of Japanese poems, art, music and writing since antiquity.

      Sakura Warriors

      Sakura were a common theme in the warrior culture of the Samurai. When Japan's military modernized in the Meiji-era (1868 ~1912) these ideas were transferred to the regular army.Warriors were compared to sakura blossoms — born to live brilliantly and die young. Sakura also symbolized the reincarnated souls of warriors who gave their life for Japan. Whenever there was a war the government planted sakura trees all over the country.During WWII, kamikaze pilots were heavily identified with falling sakura.

      Sakura Today

      There are over 1 million Sakura trees in Japan spread throughout parks, pathways, temples, shrines, schools, universities, imperial properties and private residences.Virtually everyone in the country partakes in hanami parties or takes a walk under the trees. Weather reports speculate on the dates of sakura bloomsweeks in advance.People are nostalgic about sakura — memories of springs past under Japan's favorite tree.
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