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Sakura

This picture shows just how beautiful it is right now.  There are some trees that are nearly in full bloom, but most are still just starting out.  Next week, the trees will be in full bloom.  It’ll be great for pictures!

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It’s sakura time!

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Early Cherry Blossoms: Kawazuzakura

Today, as I was going shopping, I happened upon a pleasant surprise.  It was Kawazuzakura, or Kawazu cherry trees.  This variety is from the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka, and is a bright pink.  It blooms from late February to mid-March.  Very nice surprise, don’t you think?

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Riverside Kawazuzakura.

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2012 Picture of the Week (42/52) – Signs of fall

Japan is very well known for its colourful foliage in autumn.  Although places like Canada have already changed colour, here in the Kanto area of Japan, we still have mostly green trees.  In fact, most trees will stay green until sometime in November.  Japanese maple trees are famous for their bright yellow, orange, and red leaves, but that’s not until December.  But now, the ginkgo trees are slowly changing to a light green, while the cherry trees are showing some red leaves.  This is a picture of Kirihara Park with its many cherry trees beginning to change colour.

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These cherry trees are showing new colour.

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Exploring Japan: Engakuji in Spring – March 26, 2010

This was my third stop in my Spring in Kamakura walk.  Engakuji is located near Kita-Kamakura station, and is easy to get to.  It’s not as large as Kenchoji, but it is still quite large.  It was founded in 1282, and is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in Japan.  Hojo Tokimune, a once ruler of Japan, is buried here.  Enjoy the spring pictures!

Barely blooming cherry blossoms in front of Engakuji's Sanmon.

Cherry tree and temple buildings.

This is a great tree. Notice the caves in the cliff behind it?

Another collection of temple buildings. Engakuji is a large complex.

At the back of the temple complex, there's a garden with plenty of flowers.

A closeup of some of the flowers.

Engakuji is a very green temple. Plenty of trees surrounded by the hills of the Kamakura Alps.

As I said, Engakuji is very easy to get to.  I used to be able to walk there from my old apartment in Ofuna within 15 minutes.  Here’s a map:

 

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Exploring Japan: Spring at Kenchoji – March 26, 2010

This is part 2 of 3 of my Springtime in Kamakura set of photos.  After Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, I visited Kenchoji.  Kenchoji is the most important Zen training monasteries in Japan, and is also quite old.  It was started in 1253.  These photos are not a guide to Kenchoji, as I only feature flowers and the temple’s Main Gate, or Sanmon.  Enjoy the photos.

With cherry trees beginning to bloom, here is the Sanmon (Main Gate) of Kenchoji, which was built in 1754.

The Sanmon is hiding behind some blossoms.

There aren't many cherry blossoms yet.

Here's a great tree.

A close-up of some blossoms that have yet to bloom.

There are other flowers at Kenchoji, too.

To find Kenchoji, check out this map.  It can be accessed by walking south from Kita-Kamakura Station or walking north from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

 

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Exploring Japan: Spring at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu – March 26, 2010

It was early spring, the cherry trees were blooming, and it was a great day to go walking through some of Kamakura’s most famous sites.  This is the first of three parts showing three famous places.  First up is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the centre of Kamakura, and the city’s largest shrine.  I started at Wakamiya Oji again and walked up to the shrine, mostly taking pictures of cherry blossoms.  At the shrine, I got to see the aftermath of a bad storm that hit the region on March 10, just 16 days before.  Unfortunately, the famous ginkgo tree that stood next to the stairs leading to the shrine’s main building had fallen.  But all is not lost, the roots were still alive and the tree is growing again.  Enjoy the pictures.

The cherry trees are blooming on Wakamiya Oji.

Cherry blossoms and a beautiful blue sky.

More cherry blossoms along Wakamiya Oji.

A closer look to the cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms very up close.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu San no Torii, the great gate at the entrance of the shrine.

This arched bridge could only be used by the Shogun.

There are large ponds at the shrine, and this one has an island. See the heron?

Sadly, the old ginkgo tree that was here was knocked down during a storm on March 10, 2010. This tree is famous for being the hiding spot where Minamoto no Sanetomo was murdered by his nephew.

Here's a section of the tree. This picture was taken only 16 days after it fell.

Here's the remaining stump. Since this picture was taken, the tree has shown that it's still alive and growing.

For Tsurugaoka Hachimangu’s location, please check out this map:

This post is taking part in “Show Me Japan #32.”

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