Japanese cherry blossoms!

I never thought I would get to visit Japan again! Surprisingly enough, I got a chance to visit due to my spring break!  What got me excited was that I knew it was the season of cherry blossoms in Japan. Luckily, this year cherry blossoms arrived earlier than expected.  I have seen cherry blossoms in the US before (Tasman Drive) but nothing like the Japanese cherry blossom called sakura. Japan has a wide variety of cherry blossoms. The most popular variety of cherry blossom in Japan is the somei yoshino. Its flowers are nearly pure white, tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem. They bloom and usually fall within a week, before the leaves come out. Therefore, the trees look nearly white from top to bottom.

Here are some pics; the experience is nothing less than magical!

Cherry blossoms sprouting from tree trunk!

Cherry blossoms sprouting from tree trunk!

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Pale white cherry blossoms!

Close-up pic taken by my husband! His photography skills are improving too 😉
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My pic on Ofuna bridge, June 2011

 

My pic on Ofuna bridge , cherry blossom, March 2013

My pic on Ofuna bridge , cherry blossom, March 2013