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Discussion in 'VCBF Neighbourhood Blogs' started by eteinindia, Nov 5, 2009.
Your first two pictures show cherries rather than plums.
Ron, I'm confused - the first two pictures are the ones Mariko called Kawazu-zakura, and she knows they're cherries and posted them earlier.
Ron, I haven't posted any pictures of plums yet in this thread. Because plums are very rare in Japan. But I have found them recently. But they are not blooming properly. So wait a little.
I was talking about this caption:
Mumes at th park and Higo-Hosokawa Garden were after the peak bloom
the placement of which made it look like the pink cherry pictures immediately above were being called plums
Ron, its not a caption.
I always put the sentences which explain the pictures above the pictures.
"Mumes at the park and Higo-Hosokawa Garden were after the peak bloom"
It's the explanation of the picture below. If you enlarge the picture below, you can see Mumes near the house.
★Early blooming Cherries at the Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo on February 22, 2021 No.2
Some Mumes and one Kawazu-zakura were blooming near the back gate of the Hotel Chinzan-so.
There is one Okame just started blooming near the building.
Two Shuzenji-kan-zakuras were blooming. Shuzenji is the name of the town in Izu peninsula. I think they are rare in Tokyo.
I found the cherry map the hotel made. They have 21 kinds of cherries in the Garden. I hope to visit it again.
There were some Kawazu-zakura and one Kanhi-zakura blooming near the front entrance of the hotel.
★Kyu-nakagawa Riverside Park on February 28, 2021
On February 28, 2021, I visited Kyu-Nakagawa Riverside Park for the second time. Kyu-Nakagawa-river locates in the downtown of Tokyo between Kameido Station and Hirai Station. I visited there on February 8, 2017 (#160). At that time Kawazu-zakura was 60% bloom and O-kan-zakura hadn’t started blooming yet.
But this time Kawazu-zakuras were full bloom and O-kan-zakuras were 60 % bloom. They were worth viewing. There are 28 Kawazu-zakuras and 7 O-kan-zakuras there.
O-kan-zakura has paler pink flowers and becomes larger than Kawazu-zakura.
It was a warm fine day so a lot of people visited there.
Kawazu-zakura O-kan-zakura O-kan-zakura(left) and Kwazu-zakura(right)
A lot of birds were there, too. Especially a lot of sparrows.
I crossed the bridge and went the other side.
There are bushes of Hydrangea on the other side of the river. I think they made nests there.
Somei-yoshinos were still quiet. I saw a White Cheeked Starling there.
Kawaza-zakura near my place were already finishing on that day. But flowers by the water were rather late.
★Somei-yoshino started to bloom in Hiroshima on March 11, 2021
Somei-yoshino started to bloom in Hiroshima on March 11, 2021 It’s the second earliest record in Japan since 1953. The earliest record is March 10, 2010 in Kochi, Shikoku Island..
Recently Somei-yoshino starts to bloom first in Kyusyu Island, Shikoku Island or Tokyo. I think Hiroshima first is rare.
On March 12, Somei-yoshino started blooming in Fukuoka, Kyusyu Island.
We are having very warm March. So in Tokyo it might bloom on March 14 or it will start blooming by March16 at the latest.
Cherry Blossom Forecast in 2021
★Somei-yoshino started to bloom in Tokyo on March 14, 2021
Today, March 14, 2021, Meteorological Agency declared the blooming of Somei-yoshino in Tokyo. The standard tree at Yasukuni shrine had more than 5 flowers. It’s the earliest record in Tokyo as last year. We had some very warm days last week and the temperature went up over 18 degrees. Today it went up to 18.2. The weather forecast said it would be 20 degrees tomorrow, on Monday and it would be 22 degrees on Tuesday.
Somei-yoshinos around my place hasn’t started blooming yet. But they will bloom in short.
★Koishikawa Botanical Garden on March23, 2021
The Meteorological Agency declared the full bloom of Somei-yoshino in Tokyo on March 22.
But even the next day, Somei-yoshinos on Harima-zaka Slope were 60 % bloom.
Most of the Somei-yoshinos at Koishikawa Botanical Garden were less than 60%.
But they were beautiful.
Beni-shidare Maples leaves started to grow.
Amagi-yoshino (It became smaller tan before) the Bully tree next to it.
4 cherres at the back side of Cherry Garden;
Kan-zakura(green) Yama-zakura(white) yama-zakura(finisshed) and last blooming somei-yoshino in the Botanical Garden, not blooming yet
White unknown cherry
Shidare-zakura & Edo-higan Oshima-zakuras
other flowers in the Botanical Garden
★It’s May 5, 2021 today. All the cherries finished in and around Tokyo in the middle of April.
I hoped to visit Northern or higher places then but the new patients of COVID-19 increased terribly all over Japan then. I had to give up visiting there.
The third State of Emergency started in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo on April 25. It’s stricter than second one and gardens, amusement parks, public halls and large sport facilities are closed now.
This year Somei-yoshino started blooming record early on March 14. It was the same as last year. But the weather after blooming was completely different.
Last year after somei-yoshino started blooming, it became rather cold again. The highest temperature stayed 10 to 14 degrees and once it snowed!! But this year the temperature stayed very warm like 20 degrees or more all the way. The cherry front went north very quickly. Somei-yoshino started to bloom in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, the North Island, on April 22. (Last year the blooming date was May 2.) Now all the Somei-yoshinos in Hokkaido are full bloom or start falling. Only O-yama-zakuras are going to bloom in North and east Hokkaido.
The blooming date of this year on May 5
Yushun Sakura Road in Hokkaido on May 5
I’m very sorry I couldn't post anything. But the second State of Emergency finished on March 22 and I went to see cherries several times. I took to many photos and I couldn’t post in time.
They became out of date but I’d like to post what I saw this cherry season.
From me Mariko, 'Yes please'.
★Kichijo-ji Temple & Ueno Park on March 24,2021 (No.1)
It was a perfect day for cherry viewing, but I was still coughing. So my husband and I chose the places where we can walk to. We first visited Kichijo-ji Temple where I visited last year(#255).
Two Shidare-zakuras, Somei-yoshinos some Yae-benishidares and etc. were full bloom and many other cherries.
There I found a very interesting tree or trees. Oshima cherry and Camphor Laurel became one tree. They have one trunk and didn’t look nice. Perhaps they were planted or grew too close, so their trunks had to grow in the same place.and the Camphor laurel became strong but wrong position.
Then we were going to Rikugi-en Garden to see a large Shidare-zakura. But we heard the garden wasn’t open yet. The State of emergency in Tokyo and close 3 district finished on March 21. The number of new COVID-19 patients in Tokyo didn’t decrease enough but there weren’t good effects to continue the things the federal government asked people. So the government of Tokyo still hadn’t opened a zoos and gardens.
We had to change our plan and we decided to walk to Ueno.
On the way we found a heritage house of 100 years old. It is a mixture of Japanese and western style. It was rare at that time. There was a Beni-shidare in the garden. It became too tall. You cant’t see the flowers on the first floor. But it was beautiful from the second floor.
Cherries, temples and a history lesson of the buildings you saw. 'Wonderful' Mariko.
My wife and I will sadly never visit there, so we both enjoyed looking at this very much indeed.
★Kichijo-ji Temple & Ueno Park on March 24,2021(No.2)
Ueno was too far for walking. We gave up walking and took a bus to Ueno.
There Somei-yoshinos were full bloom in Ueno Park. It was a week day and under COVID-19, but there were so many people for cherry viewing.
Lake Shinobas and around
The flowering trees I saw first time : might be Flowering Peach or Almond
The walk in the garden was divided into two way and we couldn’t picnic there as usual cherry seasons.
We became tired and hoped to have beverage but the cafe at the square was so crowded. We walk to the café at the Art Gallery of Tokyo Metropolitan which locates just back of the square.
It was so quiet. Many exhibition was canceled and for some we had to have reservations. It was so quire that the main part of the park was very crowded and the place just next to them was so quiet.