Being in Japan in spring during the height of the cherry blossom season was something of a dream come true for me. The rows and rows of pinks and whites that enveloped entire cities made Japan even more a spectacular place than it ordinarily must be. One must feel truly blessed living in a country where everything turns so spectacularly beautiful twice a year- once for spring and the other for autumn. I guess I must add visiting Japan in autumn to my wish list.
It is quite easy to think that all cherry blossoms are the same- however there are apparently close to 600 varieties of Cherry blossoms. As a novice I can hardly say I noticed more than two or three varieties (even though I must have seen more). I’m still not sure I identified them correctly but I thought I’d put up some photographs that show how different they actually are.
So I think this variety is what is called the Hill Cherry or Yamazakura. I photographed this in the garden of the National Museum of Tokyo.
In the same garden I noticed that the blossoms provided a splendid white canopy that was out of a dream. Check this photograph to see what I mean.
Another variety of cherry blossoms are the Somei Yoshino. These were also quite common and I thought were the prettiest because they were just so beautiful appearing in tight clusters.
You can walk in the tree lined streets in Kyoto and feel that you have been transported to a different era. Easy to believe looking at this photo, don’t you think?
But my favourite cherry blossom themed image is that of Himeji castle peeking out from a storm of cherry blossoms.
I must write separately about my visit to Himeji on another post. But don’t you agree that the cherry blossoms are just spectacular? Here are some more varieties