Cherries in Japan

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  1. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Glad to see the statues are being sensible Mariko.. lol.
    On a botanical point though, that Bamboo forest's amazing.
     
  2. eteinindia

    eteinindia Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I’m still posting what I saw in March!! Sorry.
    ★March 31, 2021, Gokokuji Temple, Myougadani and Koishikawa Botanical Garden(No.1)

    On March 31, 2021, I visited Gokokuji Temple by my bicycle. It’s not far from my place. It takes 40 minutes’ walk or 20 minutes’ ride (but there aren’t any official bike parking). It’s 10 minutes’ drive, but I don’t have a car and there’s no public parking. If I use subway, it also takes 40 minutes. I have to change twice and I have to walk between the stations a lot.
    So I hadn’t visited there at cherry season except on a rainy day.

    Somei-yoshinos around my place were finishing at that time.
    But they were blooming beautifully at Gokokuji Temple. Also Maple leaves showed beautiful Green and red.
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    Gokokuji has a good range of popular Cherries there.
    There was one Yae-beni-shidare blooming still beautifully.
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    Ukon and Kanzan were blooming.
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    One miserable Fugenzo tree was just started blooming.
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    One Edo or Itokukuri was blooming beautifully and another one had just started blooming.
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    One Gyoiko was half bloom and another one had just started blooming.
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    There was a miserable Shirotae, I’m not quite sure, finishing at that time.
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    There was a large Yae-beni-shidare which was not blooming and had only few buds in front of the main building. I saw some Yae-beni-shidare had few flowers because of bad weather of last year and very dry weather in this January and February. I wondered they would die out.
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    I visited there again on May 6, 2021. The tree wasn’t perfect but it had green foridges. Even in Kichijo-ji Temple, there were some Yae-beni-shidare which didn’t have many flowers. But they also look all right now.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks particularly for that 'Gyoiko' photo, Mariko, showing petals that are almost entirely green, with the petal edges curled back as described by Kuitert in Japanese Flowering Cherries (Timber Press, Portland, OR, 1999, p. 352). That 'Shirotae' is pretty interesting too.
     
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    eteinindia Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    ★March 31, 2021, Gokokuji Temple, Myougadani and Koishikawa Botanical Garden(No.2)

    On my way back, I found a corner with 3 young cherries near Myogadani Station. Two of them had yellow flowers and one had green flowers.
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    First I thought the city of Bunkyo did cool job to plant Ukon and Gyoiko together. But then I thought it’s quire that they didn’t have any name plates. Also yellow flowers had a lot of green lines. Now I think they turned to be like these.
    I heard when people wanted to make new Gyoiko trees using branches of Gyoiko for cutting or grafting, they sometimes turned to be Ukon and the other side can happen, too.

    Then I found a beautiful pink double cherry. Flowers got together and made flower balls. I think it is Beni-temari, red balls. It is supposed to be another name of Edo, Itokukuri, or Yae-beni-torano-o.
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    Somei-yoshinos at Harima-zaka Slope were finishing. Only one Kanzan on the slope was half bloom.


    Then I dropped at Koishikawa Botanical Garden.
    Somei-yoshinos were finishing but Fugenzo, Ichiyos and late blooming single white cherries were blooming beautifully.
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    Nishina-zao started blooming yellow flowers.
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    Showa-zakura which is burying Amagi-yoshino (#310) was blooming beautifully. Amagi-yoshino is now in the shadow of Showa-zakura. I wonder Amagi-yoshino can bloom next spring.
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    Osomiyako started blooming down near the ponds. It looked like Fugenzo for me.
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    Some other trees were showing beautiful flowers.
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    Oni-momiji and Iroha-momijis were blooming,too.
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    eteinindia Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    ★A Day Trip to Chichibu on April 1, 2021 (No.1)

    When Somei-yoshinos in Tokyo and around finish, Chichibu, Saitama prefecture, becomes beautiful with cherries. So we had a day trip to Chichibu.
    We took an express train to Chichibu station then took a Chichibu Line train to Nagatoro.
    Nagatoro is famous for River George and Japanese style rafting, but there weren’t many people.
    We aimed to Hodo-san (Mt. Hodo, 497M) Ropeway through Notuchi-yama (Mt Notsuchi 209M).
    This year Somei-yoshinos started very early but they lack the pink color and looked almost white.

    Approach to Hodosan Shrine
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    From Nagatoro California Poppy Garden to Notuchi-yama
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    Notsuchi-yama is a hill covered with 500 cherries, mostly Somei-yoshinos.
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    We went up the ropeway.
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    To my surprise, Somei-yoshinos on the Mt Hodo were also peek bloom. Usually when cherries down are blooming, they don’t start blooming and early blooming cherries are blooming.
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    We got down the ropeway. Yama-zakuras were blooming on the side of the mountain. Near the down station of the ropeway, there is a double cherry spot.
    But no double cherries were blooming yet.
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    eteinindia Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    ★A Day Trip to Chichibu on April 1, 2021 (No,2)
    After we got down, we visited Hodo-san Shrine for the first time.
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    Then we went back to Nagatoro station. During waiting for a train, we visited cherry-lined road at the other side of the station a little. It is 2.5Km road of rows of cherry trees. Usually there are traffic jams of cars but it was so quiet.
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    After we went back to Chichibu station, we headed to Hituji-yama Park. It is famous for Shiba-zakura, moss phlox. It was too early for moss phlox but it has about 1000 cherry trees.
    It was rather too late of the day but Somei-yoshinos and Yae-beni-shidares were making beautiful contrast.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I think Chichibu is my favourite of all your trips so far! It's amazing seeing these photos with so few people.
     
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    eteinindia Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thank you, Wendy. I'm glad you like Chichibu.
    It's a very good spot for cherry viewing. As I posted on #54, in 2010., there are early blooming cherry spots, like Shidare-zakura.
    I haven't posted but it has double cherry garden at the bottom of the ropeway.
    Yes, it was so quiet this time. Usually there are full of people on the approach to the shrine and the cherry lined road and it's hard to take boating tickets. But this time it was too quiet and no boating tour was operated. It was between the second and third State of Emergency but not many people visited there.

    I'm sorry I didn't reply soon. Now I have to post my Kyoto trip this spring. But I couldn't yet.
    Japanese likes flower viewing. After cherries finish, then it's time for Japanese azaleas, then wisterias. When they finish, it's time for roses.

    Now we are in the season of Hydrangeas and Japanese Irises. I visited Kamakura again on June 1,2021.

    Meigetsu-in Temple
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    Large budda of Hase
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    Hasedera temple
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